December 1, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 21)
Strong Points: Excellent articles
Weak Points: Could use more profiles
I am of the opinion that we, as scientists, are not very good at getting out the word about our profession. The public has a great curiosity about science and a lot of respect for scientists, but for some reason, we seem to be unable to make the public aware of more than a handful of outstanding researchers. It is for this reason that I welcome sites like the National Library of Medicine’s “Profiles in Science” site, which highlights the accomplishments of 20th century leaders in biomedical research and public health. At the main page, visitors will find informative profiles of over 25 scientists in Biomedical Research, Health/Medicine, and Fostering Science/Health. Excellently written articles highlight the work of Salvador Luria, Arthur Kornberg, Linus Pauling, and Rosalind Franklin, to name a few. This is the place to go for anyone interested in the 20th century history of the biological sciences.