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Call for Nominations -- Understanding the Rules of Life: Scientific Accomplishments and Future Opportunities

Call for Nominations -- Understanding the Rules of Life: Scientific Accomplishments and Future Opportunities

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established a five-year program on Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL) to identify generalizable rules that govern biological systems at micro and macro levels. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has been requested by NSF to conduct a retrospective analysis of the URoL program. The National Academies will convene an ad hoc planning committee to review multi-disciplinary collaboration and scientific advances in the URoL program. The committee will analyze the program’s: a) achievements; b) integration of multi-disciplinary, systems-level approaches; c) broader implications for studying highly-complex systems, future scientific questions, and future societal needs; and d) the production of generalizable rules that apply to different fields and scales. 

The study will be carried out by a committee of approximately 10 volunteer experts in various life science disciplines, including
  • Molecular biology, microbiology, ecology;
  • STEM education;
  • Research administration;
  • Life science policy; and
  • Team science.
 
The National Academies are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion in order to strengthen the quality of our work. Diverse perspectives contribute to finding innovative approaches and solutions to challenging issues. We encourage the nomination of volunteers who reflect the populations we serve and also welcome in particular nominations of candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, and early- and mid-career professionals.


We invite you to submit nominations for committee members and/or reviewers for this study by August 16, 2022.  For self nominations, along with your expertise, please let us know if you are or have ever been supported by the NSF URoL Program.


Contact information:
Name:  Christl Saunders
Email:  casaunders@nas.edu
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