Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

From the Editor's Desk

Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

From the Editor's Desk

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I recently began my 20th year of professional service in healthcare and biomedical research leadership. Reflecting back on these nearly two decades, I recall often how my entry into the world of research was such a contradiction. I never claimed to have any talent for the physical sciences. Yet from the time that I first stepped into the laboratories, something captured my attention. Simply, it was the dedication of the researchers themselves: their long hours, their love of what they were doing, the impatience with their own efforts or with the system, their passion when they spoke of the impact their work could have for others. Over the years, as an academic in the humanities, I have wondered what has kept me so attracted to the laboratory life in which I was immersed for so long. If nothing else, I have come to identify getting caught up in the fire of discovery and innovation that has been at the heart of every researcher I have come to know over the years. But what is this fire all about?

As a popular movie character coined it years ago, the journey of human discovery and innovation is marked by an insatiable curiosity. The human animal engages in research to make life better, to transcend the self and grow, to fill up our urgent inner longings and desires to know more and to be more. There is nothing new about this. This is fundamental to our human story. Fifty years ago, this curiosity poised our world for a quantum leap as we entered into what we call today the Information Age. …

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