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PNNL researcher selected for National Academy conference

December 01, 2003 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Steven Wiley, chief scientist of the Biomolecular Systems Initiative from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, participated in the National Academies' inaugural Keck Futures Initiative conference Nov. 14-16 in Irvine, Calif.

Only 100 participants were selected to attend this conference, with Wiley representing one of only four scientists selected from a national laboratory.

"Futures Conferences bring together some of the nation's best and brightest researchers," according to Ken Fulton, executive director, National Academy of Sciences. The Futures Initiative is a 15-year effort by the National Academies and the W.M. Keck Foundation to catalyze interdisciplinary inquiry and to enhance communications among researchers, funding agencies, universities and the general public.

"This was a great opportunity to discuss issues surrounding cell signaling as it applies to a variety of scientific disciplines and the challenges of doing interdisciplinary biology," said Wiley. "Forums like these are invaluable in highlighting both the importance of the work, as well as the unique capabilities we have at PNNL."

Wiley has authored more than 150 scientific publications, including more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 15 review articles and book chapters. His work is notable for combining the techniques of molecular and cellular biology with quantitative biochemical and optical assays. The results are then used to build computer models of the underlying cell processes.

Wiley holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

More information on the Futures Initiatives is available at www.nationalacademies.org/keck.

Tags: Fundamental Science, Biology

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