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Dartmouth College hosts national science and engineering policy think tank

Posted 11/10/00

American research in science and technology has produced wonders--from space exploration to the Internet--but how will we pay for its future? Dartmouth College hosts a special Community Forum and panel discussion regarding that question on Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, 7:30-9 p.m.

At the Forum a panel of leaders from academia, industry and government will explore critical issues affecting the future funding of science, research, engineering and technology in the United States. The event, co-hosted by The Thayer School of Engineering, takes place at Cook Auditorium in the Murdough Center on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, N.H. The Forum is open to the public, free of charge.

The Community Forum is a chance for the public to participate in the Future (Science, Engineering, and Education), an interdisciplinary conference taking place on the Dartmouth campus Nov. 10-15. The Conference will bring to Hanover some two dozen leading thinkers from a broad range of disciplines--ranging from religion to particle physics to nanotechnology--and chosen to represent, in gender, age, ethnicity and geography, the spectrum of people affected by decisions on research funding in the sciences. The distinguished group includes winners of the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology, and other major awards.

"The purpose of the Future is to shed light on the most effective use of government funding in science and engineering research," said Dr. Mae C. Jemison, former NASA astronaut, Dartmouth professor of environmental studies, and chair of the the Future Conference. "During the days of the conference at Dartmouth College, our plan is to discuss, evaluate, and theorize across disciplines on how public funds can be used to the greatest benefit and how to prioritize their use."

The Community Forum is the public session of the the Future Conference. Those who attend on Nov. 14 will hear a panel of Conference participants explain their hopes, ideas, and concerns about the future of science and technology and how government funding of scientific research will help shape that future. Attendees will be able to react to the participants' presentations and to ask questions.

The Forum's proceedings will be discussed in the concluding formal sessions of the Conference. The Conference findings will result in a white paper that will be released to Congress and other elected officials, the media, academia and the public in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2001.

"Science is investigated, engineering is advanced, technology developed and education offered based on the will of the public," said Dr. Jemison, explaining the reasons for the Conference and Forum. "That will relates directly to how well society and its leaders understand the pivotal role science and technology play in our everyday lives." the Future is one of a series of events taking place across the country in celebration of the National Science Foundation's 50th Anniversary (NSF50). The NSF50 partners are NSF, The Dow Chemical Company, Dartmouth College and Science Service.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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