Caltech Speakers Highlight Cutting-edge Science to Zewail City Community
Prof. Mark E. Davis, professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, started the first seminar by paying tribute to his longtime partner and colleague, quoting the late Dr. Ahmed Zewail, the founder of the City, on three principles of success, namely: passion, work hard, and optimism.
In his talk, Davis gave a broad overview of the latest achievements and aspirations of science in the field of nanotherapeutics, showing a manuscript of the earliest example of cancer found in ancient Egyptian papyrus writings. Then he followed it by explaining the promises and the possibilities of using nano-technology in curing cancer with the lowest risks and highest safety in comparison to the treatments currently used to combat the deadly disease.
But would the latest scientific discoveries find their way into reality? Davis asserts that such step is on the way although the main obstacle remains the availability of funds for such expensive experiments which require a public and governmental buy-in to reach the implementation phase.
To bridge this gap between research and the industries, scientist are always encouraged to communicate their findings with their communities and the public at large. The second seminar presented by Ms. Sarah Mojarad, communications program manager for social media at Caltech, showed how new-age communication methods can help scientists communicate their discoveries in more effective and engaging ways. Compared to the 1960s where it could have taken five years to transfer a terabyte of information, Sarah explained, almost anyone can now share incredible amounts of data online through the different available platforms.
Sharing a few examples with the attendees, like the NASA Mars Rover page, Sarah highlighted the implications of disseminating bad science and offered tips on how to promote authentic knowledge as opposed to scam and false claims.
The seminars saw interactive participation from the students, faculty and staff alike, as the attendees were given access to practical applications of knowledge that left them looking forward to a future where science contributes to improving people’s quality of life.
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