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Research Distinguished Lecture Series: “Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science and Engineering”
For the first time since the winding down of Apollo, America’s leadership in science, engineering, technology and innovation is being seriously challenged by a single nation, China. And the U.S., having grown complacent, focusing on short-term payoffs rather than strategic investments in research and development and education, has failed to respond. As an example, the deep cuts in state funding of public universities have weakened the institutions and seriously impacted student learning across the disciplines from the arts and humanities to science and engineering to the professional schools. The impact of Covid-19 has put the universities and, indeed, the country even farther behind. A new report addressing many of these issues was released on September 30 by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, titled “Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science and Engineering.” The co-chairs of the study committee that wrote the report, Norman Augustine (retired CEO and Chairman of Lockheed Martin) and Neal Lane (Senior Fellow in Science and Technology, Rice University’s Baker Institute) will summarize the findings and recommendations in the report.

Dec 11, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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