Scientific and technological advancements are essential for securing quality of life, economic well-being and a sustainable future. In recent years, the United States has dropped in worldwide rankings for investment in research and development as a percentage of GDP. The federal government blames budgetary pressures for the decline in funding for basic research, which is the precursor to every innovation brought to market, from medical devices to defense technology. In response to these concerns, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences assembled a committee of distinguished leaders in science, engineering and technology to recommend policies to restore the United States’ competitive edge in research and innovation and ensure that the American people receive the maximum benefit from the investments. Norman Augustine and Neal Lane served as co-chairs, and Steven Chu was a member of the committee. Baker Institute fellow Kirstin Matthews was staff advisor for the study, which can be found on the American Academy's website. At this Civic Scientist Lecture Series event, Norman Augustine and Steven Chu explored ways to recapture U.S. leadership in scientific research and preserve the American dream.
This event, also part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series, was sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Center for Energy Studies, in conjunction with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Support for this program was generously provided by Shell Oil Company and Winifer and Benjamin Cheng.
Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Steven Chu, Ph.D.
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute