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38th Annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy
May 2-3, 2013
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, DC
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Thursday, May 2
7:45 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 Welcome
Phillip A. Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and President, AAAS


Keynote Address
John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; and Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

A Conversation with the President’s Science Advisor 
Phillip A. Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and President, AAAS
AAAS Overview of R&D in the FY 2014 Proposed Budget
Matthew Hourihan, Director, R&D Budget Analysis Program, AAAS
Coffee Break
Asian Perspectives on Science and Technology Policy: Contrasts and Commonalities with the U.S.
Jeannette Wing, Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research International, Microsoft Corporation
Creative Economy and Innovation Policy of Korea
Jong-Guk Song, President, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Republic of Korea 

12:15 p.m. Luncheon

Presiding: Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer, AAAS

Address: The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Government of Canada

(A) Roles of Private Philanthropy in U.S. Research and Innovation: Part 1 of 2 – Domestic Focus  
The roles of modern private philanthropic organizations • Their strategies for supporting R&D • Impacts on national R&D • Cross-sector collaboration
Moderator: Nancy Sung, Program Director, East Asia and Pacific Program, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation
Chris Mentzel, Program Officer, Data-Driven Discovery/Science Program, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Robert W. Conn, President, The Kavli Foundation
Betsy Myers, Program Director for Medical Research, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
(B) Experiments in Federal R&D Support
New ways of doing business • Changing investment mechanisms • The rise of DARPA-like agencies • Partnerships and other models
Moderator: Martha Krebs, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Research Development, Office of Research, University of California-Davis; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy 
Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director for Science Outreach and Policy, National Institutes of Health

Catherine Woteki, Chief Scientist, and Under Secretary, Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Patricia M. Dehmer, Acting Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
(C) Who Wants to Control the Internet, and How?
Justifications offered for greater control: fighting Internet piracy; improving cybersecurity; blocking of child pornography; preventing terrorism and money-laundering; censoring hate speech • Mechanisms: regulations, censorship and filtering, warrantless wiretapping, taxes, prohibitive access fees, tighter terms of use from ISPs, bandwidth caps, etc.  • Is the “golden age” of the Internet over?
Moderator: Michael R. Nelson, Technology Policy Analyst, Bloomberg Government; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy 
Leslie Harris, President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Stewart Abercrombie Baker, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Partner, Steptoe and Johnson; former General Counsel, National Security Agency; former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy

Gigi B. Sohn, President & CEO, Public Knowledge 
3:30 Networking Break

4:00 Breakout Sessions, Continued
(D) Private Philanthropy for Research and Innovation: Part 2 of 2 – International Foci
Global trends in philanthropy • Gates Foundation strategy -- discovery and action • Individual donors' styles and priorities -- what matters
Moderator: Rodney W. Nichols, Science and Technology Policy Consultant; former President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Academy of Sciences
Susan Raymond, Executive Vice President for Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Planning, Changing Our World 
Steven Buchsbaum, Deputy Director, Discovery Strategy, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Jane Wales, President and CEO, World Affairs Council and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, Aspen Institute
(E) Mentoring Skills for Science and Technology Professionals: Both Desirable and Required
Features of an effective mentoring relationship • Managing expectations • Agreeing on ground rules and mutual responsibilities • Best practices – what does the research evidence show? • Funding agencies’ requirements for mentoring plans
Moderator and Speaker: Donna J. Dean, Executive Consultant, Association for Women in Science; and Career Consultant, American Chemical Society
Kathy E. Kram, Richard C. Shipley Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior, School of Management, Boston University 
Keith Micoli, Postdoctoral Program Director, and Coordinator of Ethics Program, Sackler Institute, Langone Medical Center, New York University
(F) The Changing Patent Landscape: Cases For and Against Patents in Different Sectors
Historical perspectives on patents • Recent developments – are patents still suitable for the modern technological era? • Usefulness of patents in different business sectors • Domestic vs. international perspectives on patents

Moderator: Robert Cook-Deegan, Research Professor, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Michele Boldrin, Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished University Professor of Economics, Washington University – St. Louis

Robert Armitage, Registered Patent Attorney, Marco Island, FL; and former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

Stuart J. H. Graham, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Scheller School of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology; former Chief Economist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce 
5:45 The William D. Carey Lecture (public invited)
Presiding: Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS, and Executive Publisher, Science
Address: "Expanding America’s Science and Technology Pipeline: Academic Innovation and Inclusive Excellence"
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Friday, May 3

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Presiding: Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS, and Executive Publisher, Science

Address: The Honorable Chaka Fattah, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (PA-2); Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 
9:30 Scientific Insights for Better Government  (Plenary Session)
Replacing unexamined folk-psychology in policy decisions with empirical evidence • Re-thinking policy issues • Reducing policy backfires • Insights from behavioral economics and cognitive science
Moderator: Sharon L. Hays, Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering, CSC; former Associate Director and Deputy Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy

Cass R. Sunstein, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Harvard University; and former Administrator, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Arthur Lupia, Hal Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science; and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
11:15 Re-imagining STEM Higher Education in the Worldwide Classroom (Plenary Session)
• Emerging models of educational delivery – MOOCs (massive open online courses), distance learning, online and for-profit institutions, etc. • Potential effects on universities’ traditional business models • Implications for university-based R&D

Moderator: Daniel Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Chair, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy

Anant Agarwal, President, edX; and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wendy Newstetter, Director of Educational Research and Innovation, College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
12:30 p.m. Luncheon 
Presiding: Cynthia Robinson, Program Director, Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, AAAS

Address: Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

2:0How Much Do Environmental Regulations Hurt the Economy? (Plenary Session)
 • The economic case against environmental regulations • The economic case for them • Science’s roles, both in formulating regulations, and in providing evidence on the economic debate over them
Moderator: David Goldston, Director of Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy
Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation, University of  Pennsylvania
Richard Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
William A. (Billy) Pizer, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy; and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy, Duke University
3:30 Adjournment