Items filtered by date: February 2013

Renato Dulbecco: A Gentle Superman Recalled

David Baltimore, who shared the Nobel Prize with Renato Dulbecco and Howard Temin in 1975, said it best in his memorial tribute at the time of Dulbecco's death:[1] "A gentle superman," Baltimore wrote. Renato was truly a superman, although when I first met him, in his late seventies, stylish, sharp-as-a-razor scientist, he reminded me more of James Bond than of a comic book character. But indeed, superhero he was.


Cell Biology’s Super Resolution Revolution Stars at AAAS Meeting

"The Beauty and Benefits of Science" was the title of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2013 Annual Meeting that I attended last week in Boston. In other words, science is cool. Indeed, I heard a lot of cool science and I had many cool discussions with old friends and made new ones. However it did not help that I came down with a cold at the meeting—that was not cool, just cold—but I kept going, simply trading handshakes for air high-fives to avoid spreading germs.


Staple a green card to every STEM diploma?

It was a freezing morning in Washington, DC, when President Obama was sworn in last month in a ceremony that is always a powerful moment in our democracy. But for researchers the fact that the President's inaugural speech featured science so prominently soon brought a warm tingle to their toes. Elections can often end without decisive action. Indeed this last American election did not change the balance of power in any of the government branches, and only marginally altered the majorities in Congress. Yet the post-election flurry of bipartisan activity on immigration reform has been a pleasant surprise, especially because it involves scientists.

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