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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2012. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13391.
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RISING ABOVE
THE GATHERING STORM

Developing Regional Innovation Environments

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SUMMARY OF A WORKSHOP

Tom Arrison and Steve Olson, Rapporteurs

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES,
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING,
AND
INSITIUTE OF MEDICINE
OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2012. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13391.
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This project was supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and the National Research Council. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2012. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13391.
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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2012. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13391.
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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE WORKSHOP ON
RISING ABOVE THE GATHERING STORM: DEVELOPING
REGIONAL INNOVATION ENVIRONMENTS

Judith Kimble (Chair), Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief, Science and Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Ruth A. David, President and Chief Executive Officer, Analytical Services, Inc.

C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., Regents Professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland

William J. Spencer, Chairman Emeritus, SEMATECH

Principal Project Staff

Kevin Finneran, Director, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Tom Arrison, Rapporteur and Senior Staff Officer, Policy and Global Affairs Division

Neeraj Gorkhaly, Research Associate, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Steve Olson, Rapporteur and Consultant-Writer

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2012. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13391.
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COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND PUBLIC POLICY

Richard N. Zare (Chair), Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University

Linda M. Abriola, Dean of the School of Engineering, Tufts University

Claude R. Canizares, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost and Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moses H.W. Chan, Evan Pugh Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University

Ralph J. Cicerone (ex-officio), President, National Academy of Sciences

Paul Citron, Vice President (Retired), Technology Policy and Academic Relations, Medtronic, Inc.

Ruth A. David, President and Chief Executive Officer, ANSER (Analytic Services, Inc.)

Harvey V. Fineberg (ex-officio), President, Institute of Medicine

Judith Kimble, Investigator, HHMI; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. (ex-officio), Regents Professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland

Percy A. Pierre, Vice President and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University

E. Albert Reece, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Bowers Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Susan C. Scrimshaw, President, The Sage Colleges

William J. Spencer, Chairman Emeritus, SEMATECH

Michael S. Turner, Rauner Distinguished Service Professor, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The University of Chicago

Charles M. Vest (ex-officio), President, National Academy of Engineering

Nancy S. Wexler, Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology, Columbia University

Staff

Kevin Finneran, Director

Neeraj P. Gorkhaly, Research Associate

Marion Ramsey, Administrative Associate

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Reviewer Acknowledgment

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Jeffrey Alexander, SRI International; David Attis, Education Advisory Board; James Dahlberg, University of Wisconsin; Charles Hasemann, Michigan State University; and Gail McClure, Arkansas Science & Technology Authority.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the institution.

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In October 2005, the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine released a policy report that served as a call to action. The report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future observed that "the scientific and technological building blocks critical to the United States economic leadership are eroding at a time when many other nations are gathering strength." The report laid out 20 recommendations in four broad areas - K-12 education, science and engineering research, higher education, and economic and technology policy - and warned that a failure to take action could have dire economic consequences.

Rising Above the Gathering Storm sparked intense discussion among policy makers, industrial leaders, and the general public. Five years after the release of the Gathering Storm report, a second report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5, assessed changes in America's competitive posture. This report concluded that "our nation's outlook has not improved, but rather has worsened" since the Gathering Storm report was released. The report noted examples of other nations that have upgraded their investments in education, technological infrastructure, and innovation systems to a greater extent than has the United States.

The ability of the states to drive innovation was the impetus behind a major workshop held in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 20-22, 2011. Titled "Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments," the workshop brought together leaders in education, government, economic development, and industrial innovation to discuss state and regional initiatives to boost competitiveness through science, technology, and innovation. The conference was organized around four major themes:

- Revitalizing K-12 Science and Mathematics Education

- Strengthening Undergraduate Education in Science and Engineering

- Building Effective Partnerships Among Governments, Universities, Companies, and Other Stakeholders

- Fostering Regional Technology Development and Entrepreneurship

Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments: A Workshop Summary gives an overview of the presentations, observations, and recommendations made during the workshop.

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