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Nina Dudnik: Many Scientists are Faced with a Lack of Education TED Fellows WIRED with English subtitles   Complain

I'm Nina dead Nick I am the founder and

CEO of seating labs which is an NGO

based in Cambridge Massachusetts and the

goal is to help scientists at

universities in the developing world do

first class research I very strongly

believe in the power of scientific

research I've seen the impact that it

has it not just in terms of giving

people an education that helps you

really address and identify solvable

problems in the world but the it spins

off applications that help millions of

people from medicines to seeds to

computer technology and it ultimately

spins off whole new industries that can

really change and economy an entire

nation okay great and now if you could

sort of talk a little bit about your

background tell us where you're from and

what you did before you became you know

the CEO and and also a little bit about

fact that it's just give them I decided

I wanted to become a geneticist at the

ripe old age of 13 and for some reason

for me the thing that was really

evocative was actually genetics and

agriculture and that ended up taking me

to of West Africa where I worked in what

I think was possibly the only

functioning molecular scale lab in the

country the Ivory Coast and that was

where I really saw how science and

having the opportunity to do something

really advanced changed people's lives

changed the education of the people

working in the labs there were two

technicians who worked in that lab

they've never finished high school and

they were teaching me molecular biology

and then I came back to the US and found

that my colleagues in science in the

u.s. really never knew these colleagues

of theirs halfway around the world and

that when people did talk about the

diseases or other issues facing the

developing world it was always in this

manner of exporting a solution and I

knew that there were these brilliant

scientists working in all these

countries they just didn't have the

resources to really do the best level of

science so what is it that they stops

somebody who is born in say Kenya or

ivory coast age of 13 becoming the

geneticist that you did part of it is

you know it's it's a lack of access to

the things that we

take for granted that are required for

so there's a huge lack of access to

information I have the benefit of an

incredible Public Library System which a

lot of people don't have but once you

get higher and higher in the educational

system science is a very expensive thing

to do it's very equipment intensive and

that's led to the polarization of the

scientific community we're only in

places where you can really afford

incredible apparatuses can you actually

do research and so anyone who's really

interested in becoming a scientist in

the developing world either has to do

incredibly limited work limited purely

by the tools at hand or they have to

emigrate to get a better education and

in most cases they don't go home again

and so you're constantly losing the best

educated people the people who could

really be solving the important

questions okay and what kind of what

kind of work does the seeding labs do

what kind of equipment do you do you

work with primarily right now it's for

life sciences in chemistry a little bit

of physics and the goal is to ultimately

change people's horizons about what

kinds of questions they could be

answering but the tools are the first

step so we connect scientists at private

sector companies in the US universities

they take their surplus but still

working equipment we help they help us

match it up to scientists at

universities of a broad and by that

we're forming a natural connection

between those two people and so now we

can connect them for training programs

exchange programs in both directions

where they get to meet colleagues they

would never otherwise meet learn about

new techniques learn about new questions

to ask and what what what successes have

you had so far you know what work have

you sort of done already what have you

got under your belt actually the coop

labs in 16 countries so far in Latin

America and the Caribbean and in Africa

and these scientists are training

thousands of students about 4,000 right

now and they've published papers in the

highest level journals in the world so

their work is now being known in their

field two of them have got patents based

on their research one of our scientists

in Argentina developed a new optimized

diagnostic test for multi drug-resistant

tuberculosis and the Argentinian public

health services using that

and so it's really it's really expanding

that whole level from teaching to

publishing to applications they're out

in the field helping people great cool

that's it all right

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