Archive for October, 2009

Dr. Carol Greider

This interview with Dr. Greider, a winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, is great reading. A few choice quotes:

  • “One of the things I was thinking about today is that as a kid I had dyslexia.” … “I learned to memorize things very well because I just couldn’t spell words. So later when I got to take classes like chemistry and anatomy where I had to memorize things, it turned out I was very good at that.”
  • “When Lawrence Summers, then the Harvard president, made that statement a few years ago about why there were fewer successful women in science, I thought, “Oh, he couldn’t really mean that.”’ “
  • “One of the things I did with the press conference that Johns Hopkins gave was to have my two kids there. In the newspapers, there’s a picture of me and my kids right there. How many men have won the Nobel in the last few years, and they have kids the same age as mine, and their kids aren’t in the picture?”

Random Hacks of Kindness

If I were either more qualified, or in the Bay Area, or both, I’d be attending the Random Hacks of Kindness event, a codejam where programmers and disaster relief experts get together to try to use technology to solve some difficult problems. I’m really interested in this problem – how do we use tech to make crisis response better – and this sounds like an event where things will actually get done, instead of just another PR gimmick where the first world sends computers to the third world without first checking if they have electricity. Even if you can’t make it, check out their website and look at the preliminary project definitions. It’s interesting and important work.


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