Connecting Science to You at www.scienceinsociety.northwestern.edu
Above is an image of a “gene chip,” a powerful new tool used by researchers and clinicians to look at variation in the human genome
Northwestern is excited to launch a new Web site that provides attractive, consolidated, and searchable information on its research and outreach activities, all written for a non-scientific audience. Science in Society, sponsored by the Office for Research and conceived and developed by the Center for Genetic Medicine, covers a wide range of disciplines, from medicine to nanotechnology to physics. It includes articles written by Northwestern faculty that explore not only the science, but the social, legal, economic, and ethical dimensions of research as well. The first “issue” features a multidisciplinary initiative led by Dr. Teresa Woodruff that investigates how to preserve a woman’s fertility in the face of life-saving but fertility-threatening cancer treatment. Science in Society will publish another article in mid-February that examines the ethical considerations associated with the promise of this new technology.
The site includes a news section that links to local, national, and international stories of relevance to your life. A multimedia library allows you to view lectures designed for the general public on your computer, iPod, or portable video player. A one-stop resource for seminars and other events at the University designed to engage the public, Science in Society includes activities for all ages. In consideration of today’s busy schedules, the site features RSS feeds and will even send automatic monthly e-mails to subscribers with updates on articles, news items, and events. Learn how medical science relates to your life at http://www.scienceinsociety.northwestern.edu.