Reaching for the Stars: Scientist, Entrepreneur, Space Traveler: Greg Olsen
Scientist and entrepreneur Greg Olsen isn’t your average billionaire. Convicted of juvenile delinquency for stealing hubcaps, Olsen failed trigonometry in high school. But, in 1957, he also watched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, orbit the Earth and the experience left its mark.
Moonlight Science: A Conversation with Molecular Biologist and Entpreneur: Paul Schimmel
The ubiquitous language and editing process that translates proteins into not just our eye and hair color, but allows for the translation between cell signaling and our bodily functions (like swallowing, walking and talking) allows little room for error.
“Life is on a razor’s edge,” says Schimmel, “we aren’t really aware of how much perfection is necessary to survive. It’s astonishing. For me, it creates a sense of reverence.”
Program Spotlight: The University of Texas Medical Branch. Experimental Pathology: Emerging and Tropical Infectious Diseases. Journal of Higher Education Strategists, Vol. 2, #2, pp. 173-179.
In recent years, infectious diseases have once again claimed international attention as the magnitude and scope of natural and manmade microbial threats, along with public perception about their dangers, increase around the world. Researching Lassa Fever virus and West Nile virus is all in a days’ work within the laboratories of the Experimental Pathology Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.
“Our society needs thoughtfulness now more than ever.”- Peter Ward
In the first part of the interview, Peter Ward discusses his career as a paleontologist and astrobiologist, as well as his latest book on global warming, Under A Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past and What They Can Tell You About Our Future.
When I asked Ward how he viewed his role as a scientist, he spoke without hesitation. “Well, it is my belief that it’s a scientist’s responsibility to yell, stand up and debate, and to talk to the public. ”