What comes first, scientific protocols or images so haunting that they conjure questions requiring answers? I think beauty is what drives us to discover something new. Targeted research makes use of existing knowledge but leads us away from pursuit of beauty by convincing us that we can search for new truths with technology. How can we search for that which we neither know nor can recognize? It is beauty that leads us to inquire. The beauty of a new idea, the beauty of an image never seen or imagined before, or the beauty of the unknown is what leads us to discover. I hope this web site will become a valuable educational resource for students in the biological sciences. These aesthetic images from the immune system will motivate others to imagine and conjur new ideas as they did me in my studies of immunity.
Art and Science strongly influence daily life in Frederick. "The Community Bridge" is a local Art Project with Sociological ramifications because it bridges all segments of the community.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ART
Art Anderson is a senior scientist, pathologist and ethicist. Presently, his most important responsibility is the protection of the rights and welfare of human volunteer subjects through the Office of Human Use and Ethics.
If you want to hear Art talk about human subjects, listen to Joanne Silberner's "All things considered" presentation on "Operation Whitecoat." (click on the hotlink, then click on "Project Whitecoat" when you get to the NPR Archives. You may need a RealAudio player.)
Did you see Philip Hilts' article on Jonathan Moreno's new book in The New York Times? Read about what I do in chapters 8 & 9 of "Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans". The heroism of Operation Whitecoat volunteers was included in "Dangerous Missions: Human Guinea Pigs" a program that aired on the History Channel in August 2000. Unfortunately, you can no longer get the video for your IRB Education program from the A&E Store.
"Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth's beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves."