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   pub_logo       A Message from  Dr. Leroy Hood: 

   What are the responsibilities of academic scientists in this complex world? I would say we have four obligations.
  • First is scholarship--carrying out our science and technology with the highest standards;

  • 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 biotechnology; and

  • 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.
Academics should contribute to these obligations in varying ways, depending on their skills, interests, and opportunities.


Dr. Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D.
President and Co-founder
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