Re: How will this age be remembered?

Shirley Tilghman is the nineteenth president of Princeton University, and is the first woman to hold the position. Tilghman served on the Princeton faculty for fifteen years before being named President. A native of Canada, Tilghman was educated at Queen's University and Temple University. She is a renowned molecular biologist, known particularly for her pioneering research in mammalian developmental genetics. She served as a member of the National Research Council's committee that set the blueprint for the U.S. effort in the Human Genome Project and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project Initiative for the National Institutes of Health.

In 2002, Tilghman was one of five winners of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.  In the following year, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, and in 2007, she was awarded the Genetics Society of America Medal for outstanding contributions to her field.  Tilghman is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the Royal Society of London. She chairs the Association of American Universities and serves as a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and as a director of Google Inc.

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In the United States, I think it’s going to be remembered as a second gilded age. And I think a major question is going to be whether the wealth that has been created in the last 10 to 15 years is going to benefit more than those who created that wealth. And I think we have wonderful role models. I think Bill Gates has provided a tremendous example of turning his extraordinary wealth into opportunities for helping those less fortunate than he is. But I think the . . . what we are going to watch play out over the next five to 10 years is how this great wealth that has been so concentrated in so few hands, how it gets mobilized for the well being of more people. Recorded on: 8/7/07