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Wet & Wild
26-31 July 2003
Dr. Bruce Alberts
Forum Keynote Speaker
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Science Education and the National Science Education Standards:
The Challenges Ahead
Dr. Bruce Alberts, president of the
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, D.C., is a respected biochemist recognized for his work both
in biochemistry and molecular biology.
He is noted particularly for his extensive study of the protein
complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated, as required for a
living cell to divide.
He has spent his career making significant contributions to the
field of life sciences, serving in different capacities on a number of
prestigious advisory and editorial boards, including as chair of the
Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council.
Until his election as President of the Academy, he was
president-elect of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular
Born in 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, Alberts graduated from Harvard
College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a degree in biochemical
He earned a doctorate from Harvard University in 1965.
He joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1966 and after ten
years was appointed professor and vice chair of the Department of
Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco
1980, he was awarded the honor of an American Cancer Society Lifetime
In 1985, he was named chair of the UCSF Department of Biochemistry
Alberts has long been committed to the improvement of science education, dedicating much of his time to educational projects such as City Science, a program seeking to improve science teaching in San Francisco elementary schools. He has served on the advisory board of the National Science Resources Center, a joint project of the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution working with teachers, scientists, and school systems to improve teaching of science, as well as on the National Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment.
He is one
of the original authors of The
Molecular Biology of the Cell, now in its 4th edition.
Considered the leading textbook of its kind, it is used widely in
colleges and universities around the world.
His most recent text, Essential
Cell Biology (1998), is intended to approach this subject matter for a
For the period 2000 to 2005, Dr. Alberts is the Co-chair of the
InterAcademy Council, a new advisory institution in Amsterdam governed by
the presidents of the science academies of 15 different nations.