How to Save America’s Knowledge Enterprise

How to Save America’s Knowledge Enterprise

From Tight Budgets, Primitive Myths, and the Shadow of Albert Einstein
Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
Campus: Off-campus Online          

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Science and technology in America have been guided by the same set of ideas for more than half a century. The conventional wisdom is that if we feed more money and more scientists into our existing “knowledge enterprise” complex, society will derive proportionately more benefits. In the face of the global economic downturn, political disarray at the national level, and protracted challenges to the nation’s public health, environmental quality, industrial base, and energy system, this simplistic assumption is long overdue for a reckoning. Today’s challenges demand new ways of thinking about science and technology, and the government’s role in advancing them. The problem, any honest inquiry will suggest, isn’t always money, or the number of scientists, but the very way we do science.

12:00 p.m. - "Just Trust Us": The Postwar Golden Era and Why We Cling to It
Dan Sarewitz @CSPO_ASU                                                                      
Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
Professor of Science and Society, Arizona State University
12:15 p.m. - The Cost of Clinging to What Increasingly Looks Like Failure
Stephen Trachtenberg - @GWtweets
President Emeritus and Professor of Public Service, George Washington University

George Poste - @ASU
Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University
Founder and former Director, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Andy Revkin - @Revkin                                                                              
Senior Fellow, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University
"Dot Earth" Writer, The New York Times

Deborah Blum - @deborahblum  
Author, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Winner of 1992 Pulitzer Prize for The Monkey Wars series in the Sacramento Bee
1:15 p.m. - Is our Knowledge Enterprise Complex Capable of Seeding the Jobs-Creating Industries of Tomorrow?
Jon Gertner - @nytmag                                                                       
Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine
Author, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Eric Isaacs - @Argonne
Director, Argonne National Laboratory

Michael Lind - @NewAmerica                                                                     
Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation

Jonathan Koppell @coppasu
Dean, College of Public Programs and Director, School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
2:30 p.m. - Making Biomedical Science Nimble: It's the Patients, Stupid!
Ron Deprez @unetweets                                                                     
Director, Center for Community and Public Health, University of New England

Ben Heywood - @patientslikeme                                                               
President and Director, Patients Like Me

Sheri Fink - @sherifink
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Winner of 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting on Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans
3:15 p.m. - Sweden Solved its Nuclear Waste Problem, Why Can't We?
Daniel Metlay   
Senior Staff Member, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

Lisa Margonelli - @NewAmerica
Director, Energy Policy Initiative, New America Foundation
3:30 p.m. - Environment and Energy: Innovating in the Belly of the Beast
Margaret Davidson - @USNOAAGOV
Director, Coastal Services Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Michael Holland @Energy
Senior Advisor and Staff Director, Office of the Undersecretary for Science, Department of Energy

Jeff Marqusee - @DeptofDefense
Executive Director, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Department of Defense
Director, Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, Department of Defense
Lisa Margonelli - @NewAmerica
Director, Energy Policy Initiative, New America Foundation
4:30 p.m. - Redesigning the Cold War University
Michael Crow - @michaelcrow
President, Arizona State University


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