Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When you set out on your journey to Stockholm, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge and the Republicans don't win.

Rabett Run's correspondent in Stockholm, Magnus Westerstrand, reports on Robert J. Lefkowitz's Nobel Banquet Speech:

"But of course the annual award of the Nobel Prizes has significance that reaches far beyond the individual experiences of the Laureates. For those of us in the sciences, we watch with delight as every October the eyes of the entire world focus, if only transiently, on the power of discoveries in chemistry, physics, medicine, physiology, and economics to shape our lives.  However, as an American Scientist, and now Nobel Laureate, I have never been more aware or more appreciative of this effect of the Prize announcements.
We have just had a Presidential election in the United States. One of the fault lines in the campaign was the role that science plays in shaping public policy decisions. A clear anti-science bias was apparent in many who sought the presidential nomination of one of our major political parties. This was manifest as a refusal to accept for example, the theory of evolution, the existence of global warming, much less of the role of humans in this process, the value of vaccines or of embryonic stem cell research. Each of us Laureates aspires in our own small way to do what we can to counter these pernicious anti-scientific trends."
 Of course, everyone trying to do science in the US is sweating out the last part of that.

1 comment:

Russell said...

All local strains of Stockholm fever pale in comparison to cases caught on the spot.