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Webinar — America at a Tipping Point: Science and Technology Opportunities for the Biden Administration

The U.S. faces growing international competition and mounting challenges to its innovation enterprise following years of modest science and technology investment. On September 30, 2020, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy released a joint report, “Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science and Engineering,” detailing the myriad issues the U.S. scientific environment faces with regards to STEM education, workforce development, diversity and underrepresentation of minorities, funding and federal regulations. The “Perils of Complacency” report also delineates actionable recommendations with a particular focus on the vital need for sustainable growth in federal funding for fundamental science and engineering research.

At this webinar, John Hennessy, former president of Stanford University and chairman of the board of directors for Alphabet Inc., and Norman Augustine, retired CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin, discussed the policies that the incoming administration can enact to address the issues and recommendations highlighted in the “Perils of Complacency” report and to strengthen the American research enterprise. Neal Lane, Baker Institute senior fellow in science and technology policy, moderated this event.

This event was part of the Civic Scientist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program with generous support from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng. Additional support was provided by Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences and grants from the Kavli Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 2042854). Follow @stpolicy on Twitter, and join the conversation online with #BakerScience.

Download the slides from the presentation here.


Noon — Presentation
12:25 p.m. — Q&A

Featured Speakers

John Hennessy, Ph.D.
Former president, Stanford University; Chairman, Board of Directors, Alphabet Inc.

Norman Augustine
Former CEO and Chairman, Lockheed Martin


Neal Lane, Ph.D
Senior Fellow, Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University


Wed, March 31, 2021
noon - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar