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Making Science Work

Making Science Work

A Harvard University Science and Democracy Lecture with Paul Nurse

This is open to the public.

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Date: February 6, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Pfizer Lecture Hall, 12 Oxford Street, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab B23
"Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Eric Lander, Professor of Biology, Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School; Founding Director, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science, Department of Physics, Harvard University.

Charles Rosenburg, Professor of the History of Science & Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences, Harvard University.


The discovery of new scientific knowledge and the application of scientific knowledge, are sometimes presented as being very different from each other. The fact is, however, that scientific enquiry has always been concerned both with acquiring knowledge of the natural world and of ourselves, and with using that knowledge for the public good. But science should not be judged solely in a utilitarian manner. 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.

About the Speaker

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

Jasanoff, Sheila
Faculty Associate. Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School.

Nurse, Sir Paul
President, Royal Society of London; Director, UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation; Nobel Laureate.

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