May 15, 2018
Museum of Science
The Yale Explores series made its second stop May 15 at the Museum of Science in Boston for an evening connecting alumni, parents, and friends with three esteemed members of the Yale faculty and President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D.
The theme for the event was the “The Quest for Better Therapies.” It included a panel discussion led by award-winning New York Times columnist and Yale adjunct professor Carl Zimmer ’87 and featuring professors Akiko Iwasaki (immunobiology and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology), Mark Saltzman (chemical and biomedical engineering), and Peter Schulam (urology). President Salovey followed the panel with remarks examining Yale’s role in this timely conversation.
“Interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Salovey, “shows how you can take a groundbreaking invention and move it from the clinic to the bedside to improve the lives of patients and their families.”
The May 15 session focused on just that. Before a crowd of almost 300, Zimmer and the panelists considered the future of cancer treatment, immunotherapy, the key role of preventative care and early detection, and above all, the importance of combining their varied talents to combat cancer and other pressing medical concerns.
“Yale is a complete university.” said Saltzman. “It has a great school of engineering, a great school of medicine, and a great school of public health, in addition to a great law school, school of management, and so many others. But it also has a culture of all these different units working together.”
Carl Zimmer ’87
New York Times columnist and Professor Adjunct, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Urology; Chair, Department of Urology, Yale School of Medicine; Chief, Department of Urology, Yale New Haven Hospital
Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D.
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology