The Institute of Advanced Studies will award the first ISA Medal for Science for 2008 to Alfred I. Tauber.
On the proposal of the Centro Interdipartimentale sulla biocomplessità "Luigi Galvani" (CIG), of the European Project Acume2 - Interfacing Science and Humanities and of several other professors of the University of Bologna, the Council of the Institute of Advanced Studies has fully endorsed the nomination of Prof. Alfred Imre Tauber for the ISA Medal for Science 2008.
The ISA Medal for Science is the highest honour awarded by the Institute "in recognition of research contributions characterized by both excellence and influence".
The awarding will take place at 5.00pm in Sala Ulisse (Accademia delle Scienze) in the context of the Immunology Day. At 4.20pm, Prof. Tauber will deliver the lecture "The Immune System and its Ecology".
The "ecological orientation" rests on a commitment to examining systems, and the conceptual challenge is to define that system. Immunology has traditionally been concerned with the protection of an insular self, an entity demarcated from its environment. An ecological perspective emphasizes the interchange between the organism and its environment, the processing of information, and the regulation arising from responses to this larger context. Moving from the first attempts at modeling the immune system as a closed network, immunologists have joined the general interest in systems analysis, and that move might portend a significant shift to an open, more holistic consideration of immune regulation.
The Ceremony is open to the public.
Alfred I. Tauber is Professor of Philosophy at the Boston University Department of Philosophy.
Professor Tauber's areas of interest are Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Medicine, History of Science and Medical Ethics.
Alfred Tauber is a hematologist and biochemist by training. From his interest in basic immunology, he began a critical examination of modern biology and medicine. These studies have focused on scientific epistemology: positivism, reductionism, and the relationship of facts and values. Dr. Tauber was appointed Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science in 1993. He offers courses in the history and philosophy of science, the philosophy of biology and medicine, and American philosophy. As the Zoltan Kohn Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Tauber teaches ethics at the Boston Medical Center.
Alfred I. Tauber Website