Above: Stephen Lippard, David Oxtoby, Leroy Hood, Sanjay Sarma, and Emily Carter

Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Symposium, 2014

The third symposium for the recent Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars was held at the New York Academy of Sciences on October 24, 2014. Approximately 40 of the most recent Teacher-Scholars presented posters of their research, bracketed by talks from four renowned senior Teacher-Scholars and a preeminent digital learning expert. This year’s speakers were (in sequence): Stephen Lippard, David Oxtoby, Leroy Hood, Sanjay Sarma, and Emily Carter.
Stephen Lippard, Arthur Amos Noyes Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1971 Teacher-Scholar
Cancer Treatment with Platinum and Other Metal Complexes
Chair: Richard Zare
Often referred to as the founding father of bioinorganic chemistry, Dr. Lippard’s pioneering research has provided breakthrough insights on the molecular workings of metalloenzymes, cancer drugs, and the human brain. He is best known for his work on the mechanism of the anti-cancer drug cisplatin, which contains platinum and is primarily used to treat testicular and ovarian cancers.
David Oxtoby, President, Pomona College
1980 Teacher-Scholar
A Teacher-Scholar Looks at Climate Change
Chair: Matthew Tirrell
An internationally-noted physical chemist, Dr. David Oxtoby has been at the helm of Pomona College for 11 years where he holds appointments as both President of the College and Professor of Chemistry. His work in environmental chemistry has focused on atmospheric chemistry and the science of global climate change. He is an advocate for liberal arts education and an expert in science education and active learning approaches.
Leroy Hood, President and Cofounder, Institute for Systems Biology
1974 Teacher-Scholar
The Emergence of Systems Medicine and Proactive P4 Medicine: Catalyzing the Transformation of Healthcare

Chair: John Brauman
Dr. Hood is a bioengineering pioneer, leader, and inventor of key technology, including automated DNA sequencers, which paved the way for the Human Genome Project. He is currently leading the development of systems biology with his innovative “P4” approach to healthcare—predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory—to minimize disease. His Seattle-based Institute has launched the ambitious “100K Wellness Project” that aims to track the biometrics of 100,000 participants over 20 to 30 years.
Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lessons in Digital Learning
Chair: Louis Brus
MIT’s first Director of Digital Learning and co-chair of MIT’s Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education, Dr. Sarma is assessing new models of online instruction to enhance on-campus learning and allow global learners remote access to MIT-quality education. He is also evaluating MIT’s intellectual property policy with respect to massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Emily Carter, Founding Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
1992 Teacher-Scholar
Building a Sustainable Energy and Environmental Future
Chair: Marye Anne Fox
Founded in 2008, Princeton University’s Andlinger Center, led by Dr. Carter, supports research and teaching in the areas of sustainable energy development, energy conservation, and environmental protection and remediation related to energy. Her group is presently focusing on enabling the discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, such as optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, providing clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, and converting sunlight to electricity and fuels.

In addition to presenting research posters, the recent Teacher-Scholars provided brief teaching statements that were compiled and distributed at the Symposium. To view these statements, click on the download button below.

Teacher-Scholar Teaching Statements