Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Neal Woodbury, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University

Neal Woodbury is a chemist who is exceptional in his willingness to encourage his students to face the societal aspects of their own research. As director of the Center for BioOptical Nanotechnology at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, and now more recently as deputy director and chief scientist of the Biodesign Institute, Neal has been a well-placed and articulate advocate for interdisciplinary science as a means of providing researchers with a broader vision to address real-world problems. This vision of interdisciplinarity has extended across the “two cultures” divide, as Neal has engaged in substantive research and training partnerships with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU on the political, social and ethical aspects of research at the Biodesign Institute. In particular, as principal investigator on an Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Training (IGERT) award, Neal committed his trainees to an immersive experience, designed by CSPO, in Washington, DC, which helped several trainees to radically different career paths. Neal has taken initiative in integrating societal perspectives into undergraduate training through his role in designing and teaching a learning community on nanotechnology in society, and into graduate training through encouraging a societal component in the required curriculum of the new Biological Design doctoral program. He also has opened up his laboratory to social science and humanities collaborators and led efforts to include them as equal partners in major science and engineering research projects.

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