Description: Growing up in Puerto Rico, most of the science Colón-Ramos learned in school did not feel relevant to his life; an experience shared by many other Puerto Rican scientists. So, Colón-Ramos, together with a group of collaborators, founded Ciencia Puerto Rico allowing geographically dispersed Puerto Rican scientists to communicate, mentor, educate and promote scientific research in Puerto Rico. It is a model that could work well to connect scientists all…
Length: 16:58 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Education
Description: After many years as a successful scientist in the USA, Khan accepted an invitation to return to Pakistan to advise the government on improving higher education in the sciences and to help set up a new life sciences program at a prestigious Pakistani university. In this talk, he gives a personal account of the challenges, opportunities and excitement of doing science in Pakistan today.
Length: 14:14 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Careers
Description: Mayor explains why now is an exciting time to pursue biological research in India. As well as generous government funding and available jobs, it is possible to do truly innovative research and to help shape the emerging ethos of science in India.
Length: 12:34 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Careers
Description: Marina Njelekela received her MD from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar Es Salaam (MUHAS) and her PhD from Kyoto University. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at MUHAS and she was chairperson of the Medical Women of Tanzania Association for the last six years. Njelekela has received several awards for her efforts to improve access to healthcare for women and children in Tanzania.
Length: 7:19 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Beyond the Bench
Description: India has a long tradition of higher education dating back thousands of years. Since the 1970s, however, funding to universities and colleges has been much less than optimal and consequently, the quality of science education has deteriorated. Recently, the government has intiated steps to rectify this and it is now funding universities and colleges to strengthen their life sciences departments providing hope for future biology education in India.
Length: 10:23 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Education
Description: Njelekela returned home to Tanzania after completing her PhD in Japan. In Tanzania, she did not have access to as many high-tech materials and equipment, however, she found that by redirecting her research to epidemiological studies and by establishing collaborations she was still able to do exciting and important research.
Length: 8:22 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Biomedical Workforce
Description: Humans face the challenge of dwindling resources. Simons suggests that engineers of the future will be inspired by biologists' understanding of cells to design efficient high tech solutions. However, he makes a strong argument for a balance with low tech solutions that are simple, efficient and use very little energy.
Length: 7:36 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Beyond the Bench
Description: When Valenzuela returned to Chile after spending 25 years in the USA, he founded the Fundacion Ciencia para la Vida (Life Sciences Foundation) to show that science was important for both enconomic development and society. He believes that investing in scientific research will improve Chile’s current economy and help to propel it in new directions.
Length: 10:27 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Biomedical Workforce
Description: Dr. Debas is the Director of the UC Global Health Institute and the Senior Global Health Advisor at UCSF. He was the founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences which was established in 2003. Prior to that, he held several positions at UCSF including Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine.
Length: 12:16 min Type: iBioMagazine Topic: Beyond the Bench