We recently had the pleasure of a conversation with Dr. Torsten Wiesel. While he is perhaps best known for his invaluable contributions to our understanding of mammalian visual processing—work for which he and colleague David Hubel received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981—Dr. Wiesel’s work in the realm of science advocacy has been diverse and impactful.
In part one, we discuss just a few of Dr. Wiesel’s experiences promoting science education and scientific cooperation across the globe, including his tenure as president of The Rockefeller University, his time with the Human Frontiers Science Program, and his current efforts in establishing the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.
In part two, Dr. Wiesel shares his thoughts about the changing nature of scientific discovery and the changes that it will bring about in science communication, public awareness, and most of all in scientists themselves.
*In this interview, we are joined by the newest member of the Science Soapbox team, Maryam Zaringhalam, scientist, blogger, and founder of ArtLab, a forum which brings together artists and scientists to discuss the interface of art and science.