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Distinguished Glaser Seminar Series: "On Being a Scientist: Scientific research strategies and extending the range of scientific careers"

This is a past event.

Thursday, February 6 at 12:00pm

WC - Wertheim Conservatory, 130
11200 SW 8th ST 33199, Wertheim Conservatory, Miami, Florida 33199

Join the Department of Biological Sciences for a lecture by Dr. Bruce Alberts

  • Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, UCSF
  • Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013)
  • United States Science Envoy (2009-2011)
  • President, National Academy of Sciences (1994-2005)

A critical part of one’s life long education is learning from failures, as I will illustrate by my failed Harvard PhD exit exam in 1965, and from 40 years of textbook writing. From many such failures, I have learned that strategy is everything, in science as in life. My shift to a career in science policy started by accident in 1986, when I was shocked to be selected to chair a high-level committee to decide if there should be a human genome project in the US. I have learned that scientists can have immense value in many different professions, and I will describe some promising experiments for creating more career pathways for PhD graduates.

This talk is geared to graduate students and postdoctoral associates.

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