Sunday, April 20, 2014

Do they have 'the' answers?

--some of them?:

For the launch of "Berkeley Talks," the new speaker series by Cal Performances and UC Berkeley, Chancellor Nick Dirks will gather with four of UC Berkeley's Nobel Laureates to moderate an enlightening dialogue on the role of science in modern society and how this esteemed panel would apply scientific methods to approach the complex global issues we are dealing with today.

Randy W. Schekman, professor of molecular and cell biology, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in revealing the machinery that regulates the transport and secretion of proteins in our cells.
Saul Perlmutter, professor of physics and a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), led one of two teams that simultaneously discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe and was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
George Smoot, professor of physics and an astrophysicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), led a team that obtained the first images of the infant universe — findings that confirmed the predictions of the Big Bang theory — and was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Daniel L. McFadden, professor of economics, was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics for his development of statistical methods relating to the economic theory of “discrete choice,” tools that have been used to determine how people and organizations make choices from a distinct set of alternatives.

Smoot at one point mentions-- The Easter Bunny-- and at 1:14:46 says "we think we know how things started"
He also adds in a vignette about his being questioned about his travel and research...

Higher education, politics, research funding, support for new young investigators, diversity, undergrads, women in STEM are all in the discussion repeatedly.

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