Dr. Bruce Alberts, "Science and the World's Future"

Dr. Bruce Alberts, “Science and the World’s Future”


Dr. Bruce Alberts, “Science and the World’s Future”

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

The Chancellor’s Colloquium is pleased to present “Science and the World’s Future” with Dr. Bruce Alberts.

Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science education, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Science and as one of three United States Science Envoys appointed by President Obama. Alberts is also Professor Emeritus in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned in 2005 after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. The type of “science as inquiry” teaching we need, says Alberts, emphasizes “logical, hands-on problem solving, and it insists on having evidence for claims that can be confirmed by others. It requires work in cooperative groups, where those with different types of talents can discover them — developing self confidence and an ability to communicate effectively with others.”

Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a pre-eminent textbook in the field now in its fifth edition. For the period 2000 to 2009, he served as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences and established to provide scientific advice to the world. Committed in his international work to the promotion of the “creativity, openness and tolerance that are inherent to science,” Alberts believes that “scientists all around the world must now band together to help create more rational, scientifically-based societies that find dogmatism intolerable.” Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The Chancellors Colloquium is a public forum for creative engagement around pressing issues for the 21st century. Bringing national policy makers and thought leaders together with faculty, students and community members, the series draws on the expertise and creativity at UC Davis to explore new visions for research and the possibilities for transforming those visions into action.

RSVP to eventrsvp@ucdavis.edu by May 23, 2011
For information, call (530) 754-2262

This event is sponsored by The Office of the Chancellor, the Davis Humanities Institute

For more information please contact: http://chancellor.ucdavis.edu/initiatives/colloquium

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