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The Practice of Science in a World of Competing Values

This yearlong series explores how competing expectations from multiple publics impact the way science is done. Our guest speakers, who are pioneers in their fields, will focus on the ethical challenges of their work, and how publicly and privately-funded research projects are prioritized and reported.

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The Scientist's Role — Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, discusses the role of scientific inquiry in democratic societies, focusing on examples of evolution and climate science. January 30, 2014
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Synthetic Biology and Redesigning Life: Hopes and Challenges - Jim Collins '87 is a founder of the emerging field of synthetic biology, which combines science and engineering to construct biological circuits that can program organisms, much like we program computers now. He is William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, University Professor, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, where he also directs the Center of Synthetic Biology. October 2, 2013
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The Changing Face of Biomedical Research, Challenges and Opportunities - Neuroscientist Richard Murphy ‘66, retired president and CEO of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and former interim president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, now runs a Boston-based management consulting company to support medical research. He talks about how the process of doing science has changed over the last 50 years. October 22, 2013
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The quest for health: Hunting for drugs in large pharmas and tiny biotechs — Mark Murcko, one of the founders of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and co-inventor of a number of marketed drugs and clinical candidates, outlines the drawbacks and benefits of working in the drug discovery field in a corporate setting, and the type of behaviors and work cultures that yield the most success. He also debunks many misconceptions about the pharmaceutical industry. November 13, 2013
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