AAAS Fellow Biography
Dr. Jay T. Goodwin
“…the diversity in approaches to understanding and employing chemical evolution is as important as the diversity in chemical composition required to promulgate evolution itself and suggests that collaboration among these diverse approaches to gaining insights into chemical evolution and working toward the interfaces among them will be extraordinarily rich with opportunities. … [and] will inspire the broader scientific community to elaborate and expand efforts in this research realm and to seek synchronicity with systems biology as the top-down complementary approach to deciphering the origins and function of living matter, to look forward to how we can design and construct new intelligent materials that address the grand challenges we face as a society, and to look outward, to other worlds that may harbor life in ways that such insights into chemical evolution may help us better understand, anticipate, and recognize.”
Goodwin hopes to maintain a presence in the science of chemical evolution and its intimate relationships with biological evolution – as part of this objective he is a core member of a group recently sponsored by NSF and NASA to craft a visionary report on empirical approaches to the identification and investigation of alternative chemistries of life, which should issue by the end of 2013, and with the intent to inform both progressive, innovative approaches to the science surrounding alternative biochemistries, as well as to the supporting science policy.