John C. Wingfield Director of Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation comes to Davis, May 24th 12PM
Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation
John C. Wingfield
Director, National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological Sciences
Director, UC Davis Natural Reserve System
UC Davis Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012 | NOON – 1:30 PM
UC DAVIS CONFERENCE CENTER, BALLROOM B
The National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological Sciences (NSF/BIO) is the nation’s principal supporter of fundamental academic research on plant biology, environmental biology and biodiversity. NSF/BIO also plays a major role in support of research resources for the biological sciences including living stock centers, systematics collections, biological field stations, computerized databases including sequence databases for plants and microorganisms.
The Directorate for Biological Sciences supports research to advance understanding of the principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies extend across systems that encompass biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere. Comprehensive concepts that bridge and unify the diverse areas of biology include complexity, robustness, communication, resilience, adaptability and cooperation.
Achieving a coherent understanding of the complex biological web of interactions that is life is a major challenge of the future. This challenge will require that knowledge about the structure and dynamics of individual biological units, networks, sub-systems and systems be compiled and connected from the molecular to the global level and across scales of time and space. Integral to all activities across the directorate is a commitment to integrate research and education, broaden participation, and promote international partnerships.