Walter Massey

Hunter Rawlings

NRC Staff

Peter Henderson

Laura DeFeo, Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Invited Guests

Peter Lange, Duke University

Albert Horvath, Pennsylvania State University

Tim Slottow, University of Michigan

Kim Wilcox, Michigan State University

Sally Mason, University of Iowa

Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso (Tentative)

David Frohnmayer, University of Oregon

V’Ella Warren, University of Washington

Steven Beckwith, University of California System

Arthur Bienenstock, Stanford University

Association Staff

Robert Berdahl, Association of American Universities

David Shulenburger, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

David Kennedy, Council on Government Relations Knowledge Capital Focus Group

Academic Research: Agendas, Resources, Organization, and Commercialization

In their letter requesting this study, Senators Alexander and Mikulski and Representatives Gordon and Hall asked the National Academies to examine the financial, organizational, and intellectual health of U.S. research universities. In this focus group session, we focus on key issues in the funding and organization of academic research. The following questions developed by NRC staff will provide helpful input to committee members as they deliberate their findings and recommendations. They do not in any way indicate what those findings and recommendations may be:

How strong is U.S. academic research? What are the most important challenges we must address to ensure its strength and ability to address national goals going forward? What are the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. research universities in responding to those challenges? Are there differences by field?

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