Distinguished Glaser Seminar Series: "Science, Biology and the World's Future"
This is a past event.
Monday, February 3 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)
There are many exciting challenges ahead for biologists. The chemistry of living organisms is so complicated that new scientific breakthroughs will be required to understand it. These understandings are certain to generate powerful new approaches for meeting human needs in health, agriculture, and the environment - with model organisms like Drosophila continuing to provide essential shortcuts for deciphering the biology of humans and other multicellular organisms. In addition, to make sense of the complexity will require powerful mechanisms of analysis not yet invented, because many of the most interesting properties of cells and organisms are “emergent properties”, resulting from a large network of interactions that have non-intuitive outcomes.
Most broadly, the knowledge and the problem-solving skills of scientists are critical for every nation – no matter how rich or poor. In addition, every society needs the values of science: honesty, generosity, and an insistence on evidence while respecting all ideas and opinions regardless of their source of origin. To spread such values, “science education” will need to be redefined at all levels.