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March 6: Luis Campos, "Neanderthals in Space"

George Church’s Modest Steps Toward Possible Futures

Mar 06, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

STS Conference Room (SSH Bldg. #1246)

​“Neanderthals in Space: George Church’s Modest Steps Toward Possible Futures”
Luis
Campos (University of New Mexico)

Tuesday March 6th, 12:10-2:00pm
STS/CSIS Conference Room (SSH 1246)
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Abstract: This talk will address George Church’s emergence as a prominent biologist, from his technological discoveries in synthetic biology to some of the more remarkable “dreams” he has had for the field. Yet his scientific dreams have also provoked debate and controversy. The talk will consider Church’s status as a scientific visionary in light of the critical responses his work has engendered.

Luis Campos is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. He currently holds the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. He is the author of Radium and the Secret of Life (2015, University of Chicago Press), as well as numerous other publications on the history of biology. He is Secretary of the History of Science Society and Senior Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy.