Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Around Campus | March 26, 2015
Laureate and Director of the John
Hopkins Malaria Research Institute Dr. Peter Agre spoke to a jam-packed room on
Thursday at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio about the important
role that young scientists have in shaping our future.
lecture was part of the Presidential Distinguished Lecture, which emphasizes
the importance of research and the vital role academic research institutions
play in ensuring the health and well-being of our nation and the world.
is about young people and the young students I met with today are at a pivotal
time in their career and embarking on a great adventure,” Dr. Agre said. “The
opportunities that UTHSCSA students have are surprising and amazing.”
students to be aware of the different directions that science can lead to.
asked about their impressions of the United States, there is only a small
minority that is favorable to the U.S. but when the same individuals were asked
about their impression of the United States in terms of science and technology,
the impressions are highly favorable,” said Dr. Agre. “We should never
underestimate the power of science to open doors.”
the opportunities that he spoke about was the role of science diplomacy. As president
of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, Dr. Agre led visits of U.S. scientists to North Korea, Myanmar
Burma, Iran, and Cuba.
spoke about his visit to Cuba where he gave lectures to the Universidad de la Habana and also met with Fidel Castro.
interesting thing is not the things we disagreed on which there were many but
the things that we agreed on. You may be surprised to know that one of the
reasons for the Cuban revolution was the need to provide healthcare for Cubans,”
Dr. Agre said.
end of the evening, an aging American scientist and an aging Cuban dictator
could actually agree on several things and I think there are ways that science
can help here, we can all learn from each other.”
also spoke about his trip to North Korea and the opportunities for volunteer
teachers at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
have a scientific presence and they are eager to engage us in science. They are
very careful not to talk about anything sensitive but just science. They
realize that they have a small scientific enterprise but they see this as a
possible way forward,” Dr. Agre said.
spoke about how much he enjoys visiting universities especially those in
buildings may change and the level of scientific work in the lab may change,” he said."But the presence of young people who are passionately interested in science is still there."
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