Showcase Attracts Science Superstars
Each autumn, Pitt becomes a playground/workshop for some of the best scientific minds in the business.
Science2011 (the 11th in the series) saw famed Harvard chemist George Whitesides deliver the Provost Lecture, explaning why it's been so difficult to design effective drugs. Previous visitors include Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi of the University of Utah who developed ways to modify genes in mice in order to create analogs to human disease.
Aside from visiting superstars, the event showcases the region’s academic strengths in science, engineering, medicine, and computation and demonstrates how this research can be a catalyst for regional economic development; foster collaboration among academic and industrial scientists; and promote the idea to the public that science can be interesting, exciting, and fun.