Science & Economics Program


Science, medicine, and technology are activities of central importance in contemporary life, intimately bound up with societyís evolving character, problems, and potentials. The need to integrate scientific and technological literacy with diverse areas of society traditionally held to be separate from the sciences has become more critical as the daily impact of our expanding scientific knowledge has increased. The mission of the Science & Economics Program ("SEP") at The Rockefeller University is to develop student and scholarly understanding about the interrelationship between science on the one hand and economics, law, politics, ethics, and society on the other.

Programs for students and scholars seeking to integrate science with fields in the social sciences and humanities remain largely undeveloped in the academy. SEP is intended to augment Rockefellerís world-class basic science education by offering the opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to gain skills and critical capacities necessary to analyze issues that arise from the increasingly broad effect of science on all parts of society. These scientists will be positioned by this unique program to create knowledge at the intersections among disciplines and to impact the economic, social, and political translation of science, medicine, and technology.

Geoffrey W. Smith, a Visiting Scholar at Rockefeller, founded and directs SEP. Geoff is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Ascent Biomedical Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital fund that invests in early-stage life sciences companies. He received a B.A. (with honors) from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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