The Future of the National Science Foundation on Its 60th Anniversary

Saturday, February 20, 2010: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 7B (San Diego Convention Center)
The United States has led the world in scientific discovery and innovation for more than 60 years. It has attracted the best scientists and engineers to its educational institutions and industries from around the world. In today’s rapidly evolving competitive world, the United States can no longer take its supremacy for granted. Nations in Europe and Asia are on a fast track to challenge the United States in scientific excellence and technological innovation. Over the last 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has played an important part in keeping the United States competitive on the global stage, by ensuring that the nation remains vigorous, healthy, and competitive in research, education, the technical work force, scientific discovery, and innovation. The maintenance of a competitive and healthy scientific enterprise requires sustained investments and informed policies. The current challenges in science will undoubtedly affect NSF’s future structure, the composition of NSF’s programs, and the size of future investments in those programs. The panel, comprised of the current NSF director and the four previous directors of the NSF, will present their perspectives and advice on what they believe is required for NSF to maintain its global leadership in science and engineering as they draw on their previous experiences at NSF and discuss the future challenges that are likely to occur.
John Tsapogas, National Science Foundation
Ann Ferrante, National Science Board Office
Patricia D. Galloway, National Science Board
Steven C. Beering, National Science Board
Walter E. Massey, Morehouse College (retired)
Is It Déjà Vu All Over Again?: What Have We Learned From the Past
Rita R. Colwell, University of Maryland and Canon U.S. Life Sciences Inc.
The “Silent Sputnik” Challenge for U.S. Science and Engineering
Erich Bloch, Washington Advisory Group
NSF and National Research Priorities
Arden L. Bement, National Science Foundation
NSF at 60: The Search, the Service, the Sustainable Future
Neal Lane, Rice University
NSF: Still Sprinting After 60 Years
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