Why Does Science (& Who Does it) Matter?
- Speaker: Tracy L. Johnson (Maria Rowena Ross Chair of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Howard Hughes Medial Institute Professor, University of California, Los Angeles)
- Time/Location: AW 204, May 16, starts 7 p.m., refreshments available at 6:30 p.m.
- Additional information: Free Admission and parking in C-Lots
- Summary: We live in time of extraordinary scientific and technological advances. We have at our fingertips technologies that allow us to edit the human genome, repurpose the immune system to fight cancer, and use massive networks of telescopes to finally see a black hole. Nonetheless, fundamental questions are being raised about the value and validity of science — both as a way of life and as a tool for evaluating our natural world and informing policy decisions. As we weigh competing economic interests and demands for limited resources, public funding for both applied and basic science is at a crossroads. This talk will explore the questions: Why does science matter? And are we adequately developing the next generation of researchers?