A Message from Dr. Leroy Hood:
What are the responsibilities of academic scientists in
this complex world? I would say we have four obligations.
Academics should contribute to these obligations in varying ways,
depending on their skills, interests, and opportunities.
- First is
scholarship--carrying out our science and technology with the highest
- Second is
education. We must train students to use inquiry-based analyses. We must
give students a deep view of their discipline, but this must be enriched
with a broad cross-disciplinary training;
- Third is a
responsibility to transfer knowledge to society. For example, this can
be participation in K-12 science education, communication of the
scientific opportunities and ethical challenges of the new biology to
the lay public or through entrepeneurship in the emerging field of
- Finally, academics
should be willing to play a leadership role in their communities by
helping to create an environment where their children and their
grandchildren can thrive in school, at work and as citizens.
Dr. Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D.
President and Co-founder
Institute for Systems Biology
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