What's this? It's a PACKED HOUSE of #biologists at The Bell House, one of Brooklyn's hippest bars. Have you heard? Biology is what's up.
We stood outside in the cold waiting to hear Kevin Gardner share his frontier work on cells, particularly those impacting cancer and pharmaceuticals. He is both biochemist and biophysicist and part of the evolving discipline of structural biology.
For my colleagues across disciplines, there is an important phenomenon here. Biology is unique among the sciences in rapidly becoming accessible, democratic, even socialist.
Citizen science centers like Genspace NYC are opening in major cities, and biotech is often at the center. Why? In part because many fields are now moving too fast for formal university programs to keep up. Everyone from dedicated biologists to those in other disciplines (especially design) who are eager to tap into opportunity must seek knowledge off-campus.
Gardner was hosted by The Secret Science Club which hosts monthlies across science fields. Look for this trend to grow and for science to continue popping up in unexpected places.