From One Nobelist to Another: Greider on Obama

With President Obama having been awarded the Nobel Prize, biologist Carol Greider, a fellow 2009 laureate who waited 25 years to see her work honored, discusses whether he deserved to win so soon.
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Question: What was your opinion of President Obama’s Nobel win? 

Carol Greider: Oh, I was very excited when I heard that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, and I really saw it as a promise of something for the future. And he's been such a supporter of science, and science in the public eye, that I really felt like that was a very good thing. And I do see it as a hope for the future for the direction that he is going in terms of world peace.

Question: Can science promote peace?

Carol Greider: Science can promote an understanding between people at a really fundamental level. So yes, I think that science can promote peace by bringing people together to work on problems and to realize that there are problems that everybody faces that can be best approached by people working together in different directions.

Recorded November 10th, 2009
Interviewed by Austin Allen