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Janelia regularly hosts a public lecture series called Dialogues. In these evening lectures, thought leaders in science and related fields share their work. Serious, insightful, funny, and often personal, the talks offer a window into the issues that impact science.

June 7, 2023

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author, oncologist and medical scholar

New Horizons in Cell Therapy for Cancer

Join Janelia Executive Director Ron Vale as he welcomes Siddhartha Mukherjee, a renowned author, oncologist, and medical scholar who has redefined public discourse on human health and science. Sid is best known for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which earned him the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.


May 3, 2023

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, PhD

Developing the Next Generation of Scientists: Reflections and Recommendations

Dr. Hrabowski served as president of UMBC from 1992 to 2022. He is recognized as a pioneer in STEM education, transforming UMBC into the top producer of Black students who go on to complete PhDs in the sciences. An advisor to President Barack Obama on higher education policy, Dr. Hrabowski was recently awarded the prestigious National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal for his outstanding leadership in transforming science education in the US and increasing cultural diversity in the science workforce.

Dr. Hrabowski’s research focuses on science and math education, with emphasis on the participation and performance of underrepresented groups. TIME magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009 and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. In 2022, Dr. Hrabowski was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was also named the inaugural ACE Centennial Fellow by the American Council on Education, where he helps institutions make higher education accessible to all learners, including first-generation students.

In 2022, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched the Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program to support outstanding early career faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.