All shiny and new in the Stanford Y2E2 building today.
I had to take a photo when I saw the placards:
• Laboratory for Total RNA Dominance
• Short Term DNA Memory Leaks Lab
The palpable excitement around the new programs reminds me of an informal survey I did of Engineering Deans two years ago. Bioengineering is the fastest growing area in undergraduate engineering at Duke, and literally off the chart for Stanford's grad student applicant tracking system. UT Austin's bioengineering program filled up and they are trying to sell students on EE instead. Berkeley told me they saw a doubling of biomedical engineering enrollment. I also found a survey of freshmen on their intended majors; Bio beats Computer Science and all other engineering fields.