Save The Date: Making Science Work with Sir Paul M. Nurse

With Panelists:

  • Eric Lander, Broad Institute and Biology, MIT
  • Lisa Randall, Physics, Harvard University
  • Charles Rosenberg, History of Science, Harvard University

Moderated by: Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday, February 6
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Pfizer Lecture Hall
Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab B23
12 Oxford Street, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Making science work for human benefit requires making good decisions about what scientific research should be supported and giving good scientific advice for public policy. The term public good is meant in the widest possible sense, covering the contributions science makes to our culture and also the applications of science that benefit society: improving our health and quality of life, securing sustainability and protection of the environment, and driving innovation to support our economy.

Sir Paul Nurse is a British geneticist and cell biologist. He became the 60th President of The Royal Society in December 2010. As a geneticist, he studied the mechanisms which control the division and shape of cells. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the key protein regulators of the cell cycle. He has been Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK, and President of The Rockefeller University, New York. Since 2011, he has been Director and CEO of the Francis Crick Institute in London. Nurse has received the Royal Society’s Copley Medal (2005), the French Legion d’Honneur (2002), and is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006).  He was knighted in 1999 for services in cancer research and cell biology.

This event is organized by the Program on Science, Technology, and Society, at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  For more information on Science, Technology, and Society events at Harvard University, please visit: www.ksg.harvard.edu This lecture and discussion is free and open to the public.

Contact: Lisa Matthews,  lisa_matthews at harvard.edu, 617-495-8883

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