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Beginning a Dialogue on the Changing Environment for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Report of a Conference Conference Agenda BEGINNING A DIALOGUE ON THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PHYSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES August 13, 14, and 15, 1993 Chantilly, Virginia Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications National Research Council Desired Outcomes Take steps toward defining the issue(s) that tend to create tension between the research community and government and society. Create an opportunity for representatives of the research community, government, and society to communicate effectively with each other about these issues. Invent and begin to propagate a process that will lead to the cultural shifts needed to keep the represented communities working productively together. Friday, August 13 2:00-2:45 pm Introductory comments Welcome Bruce Alberts President, National Academy of Sciences Review of desired outcomes and the reasons why these outcomes are desired Radford Byerly, Jr., Conference Co-chair Vice President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Richard N. Zare, Conference Co-chair Professor, Stanford University Review of proposed agenda and ground rules Paul Shoemaker Manager, Strategic Planning Office, Sandia National Laboratories
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Beginning a Dialogue on the Changing Environment for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Report of a Conference RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: MOVING FROM TODAY TO TOMORROW 2:45-3:15 The Changing World and What It Means William Ascher Professor, Duke University 3:15-3:45 Facilitated large-group discussion What aspirations and expectations has the research community traditionally sought to meet? Whose aspirations were these? What changes in aspirations and expectations might the research community have to meet in the future? 4:00-5:30 Small-group discussions—The Changing Landscape How have the aspirations and expectations of society, government, and the research community interacted in the development of today 's institutional and operational infrastructure for research? How might tomorrow's aspirations and expectations affect that infrastructure? What changes in the infrastructure might we anticipate? 7:30-8:30 Reports from small groups (informal presentations by a spokesperson from each small group) Saturday, August 14 RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SCIENCE AND GOVERNMENT: MOVING FROM TODAY TO TOMORROW 8:30-9:00 am Perspectives on Science, Technology, and the Federal Government: National Goals for a New Era Phillip A. Griffiths Director, Institute for Advanced Study Chair, COSEPUP
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Beginning a Dialogue on the Changing Environment for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Report of a Conference 9:00-10:30 Facilitated large-group discussion What role(s) will the federal government be likely to play—in pursuit of its own interests and in its relationship to society as a whole—with respect to the research community? Will the research community be compelled to write one “contract” with the federal government and another with society at large? What are the terms of this contract (or these contracts) likely to be? POSSIBLE GAINS AND LOSSES: DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES 10:45-noon Should Science Serve Defined Social Goals or Seek Knowledge as a General Good? In Defense of Basic Research Daniel Kleppner Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Pursuit of Science in the National Interest Albert Narath President, Sandia Corporation 1:30-3:00 Small-group discussions—Refocusing the Research Community Should the research community focus on producing demonstrations linking science to human welfare? Who will determine the effectiveness of such demonstrations? What may be gained and what may be lost by adopting such a focus? Societal perspectives Governmental perspectives Research community perspectives 3:15-4:15 Reports on the three perspectives (spokespersons from the small groups) HOW CAN THE PHYSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES COMMUNITIES RESPOND TO THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT? 4:15-4:45 New Advisory Structures for New Times Charles Kennel Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
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Beginning a Dialogue on the Changing Environment for the Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Report of a Conference 4:45-5:15 What Society Will Expect from the Future Research Community Dale Jamieson Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder Sunday, August 15 9:00-9:30 am Preliminary Conference Synthesis: Threads in the Tapestry Harold T. Shapiro President, Princeton University PROSPECTS FOR CHANGE 9:30-10:30 Small-group discussions—Prospects for Change Can the research community effect the changes being demanded by society and the government? By what means should change be effected? What steps should be taken to broaden the participation in this discussion outside the attendees at this conference? 10:45-11:45 Reports from small groups 11:45-12:15 Focus on next steps (facilitated large-group discussion) 12:15-12:30 Concluding comments Richard N. Zare Radford Byerly, Jr.
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