“Education and research should begin at younger age in the way of experiments rather than blind text book readings and, that brings joy in learning”, said Prof. Bruce M. Alberts while delivering a Distinguished Lecture at the School of Life Sciences Auditorium in University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 16th October 2017.
In his lecture titled The Problems and Challenges in Biomedical Sciences: Keeping Science Healthy Prof. Alberts stated, “Unfortunately a career in Science is delayed and scientists take time to start independent laboratories at average age of 35-45 years. It should come down to 25-35 years”. “By doing this creativity and enthusiasm can enhance their ability to purse good science and innovation, since they are still in a naive age”, he added.
While concluding Prof. Alberts opined, “In order to understand the complexity of biological processes we should encourage collaborations, cluster research modes and also approximately use model systems as opposed to directly experimenting on humans. Joy, Trust, Courage, Openness, Collaborations and Community are the pillars of educational transformation which is the next approach one should adopt”.
A prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, Prof. Bruce Alberts, was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014 and the 2016 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Prof. Alberts served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013) and as one of the first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). He is now the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Prof. Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 20 plus honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor, UoH presided and the lecture was attended by a large number of students, faculty, staff and guests from the city.