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Robert Pollack
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Center for the Study of Science and Religion (CSSR)
Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

I have been Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia since 1978; Director of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion since 1999; and Lecturer at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research since 1998.

Currently I teach three courses: in the autumn semester I teach ENVB 2001 and BIOL 4065. In addition, I also teach RELI 2660 with Dr. Joseph Loizzo. This course, "Science and Religion, East and West,introduces the Science and Religion track in the Religion major of the Religion department. I am the author of more than a hundred research papers on the oncogenic phenotype of mammalian cells in culture. In addition I have written many opinion pieces and reviews on aspects of molecular biology, medical ethics and science education, and edited two books on these matters for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

In 1994 I chose to cease my own basic research in the laboratory, and to concentrate instead on questions that lie at the junction of science and other intellectual and emotional domains, in particular religion.

This work led to the publication of three books to date, and to the establishment of the Center for the Study of Science and Religion in 1999. The CSSR has recieved support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Columbia University, the John Templeton Foundation, the Cummings Foundation, and the Fetzer Foundation. Since 2002 the CSSR has been a center of the Earth Institute, which also provides an operating grant. My 1994 book, "Signs of Life: the Language and Meanings of DNA," received the Lionel Trilling Award, and has been translated into six languages. For more information, see Houghton Mifflin and Amazon .

My second book, "The Missing Moment: how the unconscious shapes modern science," was published by Houghton Mifflin , and will appear in Japanese translation in 2001.

My 2000 book, The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith: Order, meaning and free will in modern science , was published as the inaugural volume of a Columbia University Press series of books on Science and Religion.

I serve on advisory boards of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, The Fred Friendly Seminars, the Program in Religion and Ecology of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, and as a Senior Consultant for the Director, Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). I am a Fellow of the AAAS, and the World Economic forum in Davos; and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association. I am a Director and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of NaPro BioTherapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NPRO) and a Director of Nutrition 21, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXXI).

I grew up in Brooklyn, attended public schools, and graduated from Columbia College with a major in physics in 1961. I hold a Ph.D. in biology from Brandeis University. I have been a research scientist at the Weizmann Institute and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, an assistant professor of Pathology at NYU Medical Center and an associate professor of Microbiology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

I have been a Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia since 1978, and was Dean of Columbia College from 1982 to 1989. I received the Alexander Hamilton Medal from Columbia University, and have held a Guggenheim Fellowship. I have been a member of the Century Association since 1997.

Recent awards include (2002) Torah u Madda Lecture, Yeshiva University; (2001) Mendel Lecture, St. Peter's College; Autumn Convocation Scholar, George Washington University; (2000) Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; (1999) The Schoff Memorial Lecturer; Fellow, World Economic Forum, Davos. (1998) Master Teacher, with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz; Jerusalem.

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