Tuesday, August 22, 2017

By Susan Fitzpatrick, Vice President, James S. McDonnell Foundation.  Fitzpatrick is one of the six conference Exemplars and a recipient of the CSPO Prize.

I would like to pose a challenge to the community of science who are struggling to help identify the “rightful place of science.”  My challenge is one of taking responsibility for getting our own house in order before we try to convince everyone to order theirs.

So how much is the science community willing to do to lead by example? Is it willing to:

1) tithe back 10% of total grant dollars to a fund that would support research leading to law technology solutions to problems plaguing the world’s poor?
2) commit to publicly demonstrate energy efficiency by posting the behavioral changes we often ask of others? We can show the way to reduce energy consumption—and show others that we take our science seriously.
3) practice population control and not train and educate the future generations of scientists and science-scholars at a non-sustainable level?

Susan Fitzpatrick joined the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1993 as the Foundation’s first Program Officer. She was promoted to Program Director in 1997 and to Vice President in 2000. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis), teaching neuroscience. Fitzpatrick lectures and writes on issues concerning the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research and on issues related to the public understanding of science.

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