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    Jessica Colarossi

    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

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There is 1 comment on From the Broad Institute to the White House: Eric Lander Makes Science Exciting

  1. I’m thrilled to see Eric Lander in the White House. However, by presenting Eric Lander as a scientist and viewing his work in terms of stereotypical expectations of scientists, one misses much of what is interesting about him. To me he’s much like Sydney Harman, an extraordinary engineer whose contribution to government will be hard to unwrap. I should start by pointing out that Eric’s training is in mathematics and his transition from the monastic expectations of the mathematical world to real world happened in the context of algebraic coding theory and information theory. This cornerstone provides the language for his later interest in developing an information theoretic view of genomics and the associated computational aspects. From that point his main contributions can be viewed in the context of good engineering and having a moral compass constrained by the hygienic benefits of being driven by logical thinking (as opposed to impulse.) Also, like Sydney Harman, it will be interesting to see how he divests his financial holdings before entering the White House, and reinvests upon leaving the White House. This should be a welcome change from what we’ve seen in the last four years.

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