Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason – Press Release
MIT and Harvard take genome study further with findings to be presented at world conference on laboratory science
DALLAS (Oct. 7, 2013) – Stephen Carr, Director of Proteomics at the Broad Institute [pronounced Brode] of MIT and Harvard, will be the plenary lecturer at Pittcon when the conference opens in Chicago next spring.
Pittcon has grown beyond its roots in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, into a conference & expo that now also serves a diverse constituency encompassing life sciences. “The genome, of course, is the blueprint for what proteins are going to be expressed in your body,” says Carr, but “the genes are simply a blueprint, it doesn’t say what does happen, it says what could happen.” Proteomics looks further than that.
The Broad Institute brings together a diverse group of individuals from across its partner institutions — undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professional scientists, administrative professionals, and academic faculty. There are over 1000 of these scientists at Harvard and MIT alone, but thousands more around the world linked to contribute their diverse talents to the singular purpose of transforming medicine.
The culture and environment at the Broad is designed to encourage creativity and to engage all participants, regardless of role or seniority. “They have to leave their weapons at the door,” said Carr, and explained by that he means their biases, “and egos as well.”
Carr outlined his presentation by phone from his office at Broad on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and is now archived and Webcast for its world audience.
Pittcon is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation which is comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). Pittcon 2014 is at the McCormick Pace in Chicago, March 2-6 Registration is now open www.pittcon.org. Register before February 10 for a $150 discount.
Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach at all levels, kindergarten through adult. Pittcon donates more than a million dollars a year to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums.