The Power of Integration in the Biomedical Sciences and Beyond: Using All Spheres of Knowledge to Solve Our Most Challenging Problems
David J. Skorton, M.D.
Secretary of the Smithsonian; Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University
An event in the Eric Shullman Distinguished Public Lecture Series.
David J. Skorton, M.D. and secretary of the Smithsonian, will speak on the necessity of interdisciplinary problem-solving during a distinguished public lecture on May 18 at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. As the world becomes more connected and the problems we face become more complex, the solutions are increasingly more complicated as well. That is a concern of the biomedical sciences, whether considering the threat of emerging diseases, the burden of chronic disease, or health disparities, as well as the uncertainties related to the optimal use and ethical aspects of new technologies. But all other sectors of society must grapple with vexing challenges as well: environmental degradation, wage and wealth gaps, P-12 educational disparities, the cost and distribution of opportunity for higher education, and aging infrastructure. All of these will take more than science, math, and engineering to solve. We must also integrate the arts, humanities, and social sciences that provide creativity, wisdom, and unique insights into the human condition.
Live Webcast: http://research.vtc.vt.edu/live-webcast
A public reception will be held in the VTC Cafe from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by: Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D., Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute