It is important to communicate science to the public, perhaps more now than ever. I just dug out a video that was made of a talk that I gave at the UAB Metabolomics Workshop in 2015. Steve Barnes, the director of that workshop and metabolomics efforts at UAB invited me to give this talk.
Science is an international activity, which makes it incredibly rich and diverse. I’ve often thought that scientists–who are used to collaborating with people throughout the world–should be in politics more often. In science, if someone is smart and talented it doesn’t matter where they are from, what religion they practice, their ethnicity, their gender, or who they love. Over the years, the Edison lab has had a very diverse group of members, all of whom have contributed significantly to our efforts. Here is a list of some of countries (outside the USA) that we have had represented in the lab over the years:
China, India, Greece, France, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Turkey, Australia, Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Kuwait, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Pakistan, Syria
These people are wonderful and have made our research possible, and I’m lucky to have known and worked with them. We are a nation of immigrants, and this is our biggest strength as a country.