Carl Safina, 64, an ecologist at Stony Brook University on Long Island and a “MacArthur genius” grant winner, has written nine books about the human connection to the animal world. Coming next spring is “Becoming Wild,” on the culture of animals, and a young adult version of “Beyond Words,” on the capabilities of dogs and wolves. We spoke over lunch in his Long Island garden, surrounded by his three dogs, some wild squirrels and a group of extremely tame hens. An edited and condensed version of our conversation follows.
A newly created model helps to clarify the processes by which cells grow old and die, and which are known to be involved in the onset of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Jelani Cobb is an Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at the Columbia University Journalism School and a staff writer for The New Yorker. As part of the University’s Presidential Lecture Series, he will discuss “Microaggressions and the Pursuit of Equity,” on Monday, October 28, at 7 pm in the SAC.
Ken Dill is Director of the Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology. Currently, he studies the physics of proteins, biological cells, and water. He develops methods in statistical physics and computational biology to learn more about cells and their processes in biology and in diseases. His work has led to insights about how the laws of physics constrain and enable the biological properties and evolution of cells. He is best known for his role with solving the "protein-folding" problem, the question of how a protein’s amino acid sequence dictates its three-dimensional atomic structure. Protein folding rules are offering practical applications in the development of pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics.