Rana Dajani is a professor of molecular cell biology at the Hashemite University, in Jordan, and is currently a visiting professor at the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond and a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at Harvard University. She is also president of the Jordan Chapter of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, and president of Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World.
A panel of Arab scientists recently discussed why failure should be embraced, not feared, as a necessary step on the path to success.
Covid-19 is the perfect example of a complex, global problem that requires scientists and policy makers to build bridges through collaborative interdisciplinary research.
Scientists must work together across disciplinary silos to create a better future for the world, the authors say.
Advances by Arab scientists, such as a faster new coronavirus test developed in Jordan, could benefit their home countries and the world. Universities and governments must do more to help put such discoveries into use.