It was a great pleasure when we learned this month that Dr. Stephen Safe was named to the inaugural class of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Members. Dr. Safe and 66 academic inventors world-wide were selected for the honor. Dr. Safe has been a CVM faculty member since 1981 and currently serves as a tenured distinguished Professor. In his career, Dr. Safe has focused research efforts on creating (and patenting) molecular compounds to treat or cure cancers, with many of these compounds being licensed by pharmaceutical companies. It is a well-deserved honor and everyone in VTPP and the CVM recognize the importance of Dr. Safe’s well-deserved award. Congratulations professor.
Please be alert for requests announcing the VTPP Science Friday conversations! These will be a monthly event around specific research focus area. The idea is to bring together all interested faculty, along with a faculty discussion leader over coffee and bagels, to brainstorm what might be possible and to initiate more science-based conversations in VTPP. The first such discussion will be in early March, topic: Cardiovascular biology.
I also encourage everyone to consider perusing this article that discusses the differences between small and large research teams, with small teams known for disruptive work and large teams for developing work. It is a topic that we should all be thinking about as we aspire to reimagine the VTPP research agenda. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-0941-9
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. -Carl Sagan