Science Adapters Wanted & An Education That Inspires

Bruce Alberts, former President of the National Academy of Sciences and Editor in Chief of Science magazine, shares his 'editorials to act on?' for the future of science with Yamana Science and Technology.  The emerging opportunities for scientists' involvemement in science education and science communication are discussed.

   

Yamana Newletters

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Do Scientists Understand the Public?

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences distributes an excellent pamphlet, available here, on science communication. It is written by Chris Mooney, who is a major voice in the new movement for having scientists become more integrated with society by becoming better listeners and communicators.

   
Scientists

Redesigning the Research Enterprise

Jonathan Yewdell writes on the biomedical research crisis in the USA. The dynamics that make this an uninviting career path, leading one to face an uncertain future after years of training, are discussed. Read his report here.

 

   

Lifting the Veil: The Feminine Face of Science by Linda Jean Shepherd

One of our founding board members, Linda Jean Shepherd, wrote the book, Lifting the Veil: The Feminine Face of Science, to explore the history and current workings of scientific discovery. Her focus has been a bit different than bringing more women into science. She encourages the inclusion of qualities that have been called feminine, such as feeling, nurturing, cooperation, and receptivity, which are inherent in both men and women. Her book explores how the inclusion of a balance of human qualities might make science more complete. Read the presentation she gave in September 2009 at a conference in Dubai on Empowering Arab Women in Science and Technology here.

     

Shifting Toward a New Paradigm of Science in the Western World by Jeanine Olund

Jeanine Olund, a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral studies, and an advisor to Yámana Science and Technology, writes about current paradigms of a linear cause and effect view of scientific inquiry being transcended by a global view that embraces complexity and appreciates the interconnectedness of systems. She believes we can support this shift by deliberately and consciously rising above our differences, shifting our perspective to one in which we understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and celebrating diversity. Read her inquiry into this thought paradigm here.

     

Intuitive Intelligence by France Cholle

Frances Cholle, founder of Intuitive Intelligence (http://www.francischolle.com/) is a stalwart friend and champion of our vision for science.  His model of the intuitive compass tm delineates the core abilities of human brain.  He guides high-end businesses (including those that have notable R&D divisions) through energizing optimal use of all sectors of brain function, for maximizing synergy, creativity and intuitive intelligence.  Read some of his encouraging words here.

     

The Personal Cost of Being a Scientist

In speaking with Michael Gerber of eMyth fame about the increasing attrition rate for top-ranked high school students that enter science and technology careers after attaining a science or technology degree in college, Kennan Salinero was asked something along the lines of 'why do scientists leave their chosen occupation? Do they get bored, or do they lack the staying power needed?' In an effort to explain the dynamics of training for basic research, Kennan and others at Yámana Science and Technology put together a brief summary of recent studies that expose some of the dynamics of current training regimens, and the human cost of the choices made. Read more here.

     
Good Reads

Yámana Suggested Reading

A book list to share a sample of the books we've been reading. We found these books to be useful for input from change-agents, provocative ideas, different view-points, and expansion of our world-view. We welcome suggestions from you for books you'd like to see on the list. Read our suggestions here.

 

     

Our Inaugural White Paper

The predominant image of scientific research in the United States today is one of explosive progress. This image is accurate in many respects—scientists have achieved major breakthroughs in fields such as genomics, nanotechnology, and climate studies. We do indeed live in a golden age of scientific discovery. However, the less promising reality behind that shining image is that the culture and structure of basic science fail to fulfill the true potential of invested time, money, and individuals’ contributions. Read our inaugural white paper here.