In a move I suspect surprises no one, Stanford’s bioengineering department (the equivalent of our biomedical one) has announced a new major in biomedical computation. The field has progressed so rapidly and infused itself within the mainstream narrative so effectively that it’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t just have computers solving our problems. And yet, rigorous course work and a prominent/preëminent1 institution on the subject has generally been lacking. No doubt benefitting from its Silicon Valley neighborhoods, Stanford’s new program in biomedical computation ought to start churning out leaders in a segment of the field in desperate need of wrangling. I wish them all the best luck in their endeavors.
And I can’t wait to see what comes of it.
1. My first conscious New Yorker moment.