Vision & Purpose:
At its best the College of Fellows is a community of scholars of many nationalities and backgrounds, but all with a common purpose: to understand and use biomaterials, to create better medical devices and in our own way create new therapies that were hitherto unimaginable. We do this through our research and through our desire to prepare the next generation of biomaterial leaders. We do this by sharing our latest insights and by building on the insights of others.
I have been intrigued by how new movies and plays are created. Recapitulating the medieval roving bands of actors, such achievements, film critic A.O. Scott observed in The New York Times, are often the product of clusters of like-minded actors and directors who collaborate repeatedly to implement a theatrical vision. For example, he argued, Oskar “Eustis’s vision of the Public [Theatre, in New York] is of a kind of city within the city, a community open to new arrivals who settle in and stay for a long time. He likes to keep up with old friends and partners and to fold new talent into the mix.” Their creative products are “the fruits of that partnership, a fusion of complementary, but also distinctive, styles and sensibilities.”
I posit that biomaterials meetings are much the same and the role of the College of Fellows is to help ensure that that philosophy endures from community to community and within a geographically disparate world. Our world is built on collaborations and friendships, new and old.
In the same article referred to above, Scott quotes the actress and filmmaker Greta Gerwig in speaking of her artistic collaborations, “It’s like we’re standing on the beach picking up the same kind of rocks”. So lets make sure we can still grab those rocks.