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May 1-2, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, DC
Thursday, May 1
7:45 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 Welcome
Sharon Hays, Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering, CSC; and Chair, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

8:40 Budgetary and Policy Context for R&D in FY 2015 (Plenary Session)

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 
Sharon Hays, Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering, CSC; and Chair, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy 
AAAS Overview of R&D in the FY 2015 Proposed Budget
Matthew Hourihan, Director, R&D Budget Analysis Program, AAAS
Coffee Break
Innovation -- The Global Frontier
David Wilson, President, Morgan State University
12:15 p.m. Luncheon
Presiding: Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS; and Executive Publisher, Science
Address: Norm Augustine, Former Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
2:00 Current Issues in S&T Policy (Breakout Sessions)
(A) Measuring the Impacts of Science  
What are the policy relevant challenges, tools, and approaches to measuring the social impact of scientific research? How can improved indicators capture change in science, technology, and innovation? Are altmetrics the solution to measuring social impacts?
Moderator: J. Britt Holbrook, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Member, AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility
Kaye Husbands Fealing, Professor, Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Senior Study Director, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on National Statistics; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Gil Omenn, Director, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan
Michael Taylor, Research Specialist, Elsevier Labs

(B) Synergy in STEM + Arts: Catalyzing US Innovation and Competitiveness, Part 1
This session will take a multi-sector view on the policy drivers for connecting science, engineering, art, and design.  How can knowledge, practice, and discovery be shared more effectively across traditionally isolated fields? How can assets dispersed across these domains work  collaboratively to advance creativity, innovation, and economic conditions across society?
Moderator: Anthony (Bud) Rock, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (OR-1); Congressional STEAM Caucus, Co-Chair
Harry West, Senior Partner, Innovation Practice, Prophet
Cora Marrett, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation
Javier Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration

(C) Making Science Matter: Strengthening Engagement of Scientists & Engineers in the Policy Process, Part 1
• What do we mean by engagement? What does the science tell us about what works? What constitutes success, and what are the barriers to success? 
Tobin Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities

Chad English, Director of Science Policy Outreach, COMPASS
Abigail Abrash Walton, Director of the Center for Academic Innovation and Assistant to the President for Sustainability and Social Justice, Antioch University
Francis Slakey, Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy and Co-director of the Program on Science in the Public Interest, Georgetown University
Samantha White, Program Director, Emerging Leaders in Science & Society
Pallavi Phartiyal, Senior Analyst and Program Manager, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Samuel Brinton, Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:30 Networking Break
4:00 Breakout Sessions, Continued
(D) U.S. Leadership in the Arctic Council: International Science Cooperation
The United States will take over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015. What are the key science issues facing us in the North? What should the U.S. be doing in preparation to guide the Council during the 2015-17 timeframe?

Moderator: Raymond V. Arnaudo, Senior Scholar, Center for Science Diplomacy, AAAS

Brendan P. Kelly, Assistant Director, Polar Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

John Farrell, Executive Director, United States Arctic Research Commission

David Hik, Professor & President, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), University of Alberta
(E) Synergy in STEM + Arts: Catalyzing US Innovation and Competitiveness, Part 2
Moderator: Bill O’Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts

Margaret Honey, President and CEO, New York Hall of Science

Gunalan Nadarajan, Dean and Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan
Robert T. Schwartz, FIDSA, DMI, General Manager, Global Design & User Experience, GE Healthcare
(F) Making Science Matter: Strengthening Engagement of Scientists & Engineers in the Policy Process, Part 2
Breakout groups will discuss opportunities and obstacles surrounding civic engagement by the scientific community. What is the role of organizations in facilitating engagement? How can we build capacity?
5:30 End of Breakout Sessions
5:45 The William D. Carey Lecture (Open to the Public)
The William D. Carey Lecture was started in 1989 to honor former Executive Officer William D. Carey. The selected lecturers are individuals who, in their own way, exemplify Mr. Carey's leadership in articulating public policy issues engendered by the application of science and technology.
Presiding: Edward G. Derrick, Chief Program Director, Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs
Reflections on U.S. Science and Technology Policy
Address: Cherry A. Murray, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Professor of Physics, Harvard University
6:45 Reception

Friday, May 2
8:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 Reproducibility in Science  (Plenary Session)
A core value of science is the ability to reproduce the findings of others in order to check for methodological rigor, errors, plausible interpretations, and/or misconduct.  However, for a variety of reasons, from lack of time or resources to little professional recognition or credit for doing so, science may be failing to fully embrace this value, leading to questions about the quality and reliability of the published scientific literature.  This session will examine the issues from four different perspectives—the funders of the research in question, the editors of journals that publish the studies, the concerns of industry that develops products at great cost based on those studies, and the academic disciplines that define “best practices” for the conduct of research.  Speakers will offer their recommendations for responding to the concerns that have been raised from both inside and outside of science.

Moderator: Katrina Kelner, Editor, Science Translational Medicine
Story Landis, Director, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
Robert M. Golub, Deputy Editor, JAMA
Ariella Kelman, Group Medical Director, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
Brian Nosek, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Discussant: Mark S. Frankel, Director, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, AAAS

10:45 Coffee Break 

11:15 Reproducibility in Science, continued

12:30 p.m. Luncheon
Presiding: Michael R. Nelson, Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft Corporation; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; and Member, AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
John Podesta, Counselor to the President of the United States

2:00 Emerging Technologies and National Security (Plenary Session)
Potential national and international security implications of technology advancements Technologies include, but are not limited to, neuroscience, synthetic biology, 3D printing, crowdsourcing, social media, genomic data, big data
Moderator: Kavita Berger, Associate Director, Center for Science, Policy, and Security Policy, AAAS 
Margaret E. Kosal, Assistant Professor and Associate Director Sam Nunn Security Program, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jason Lee, National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology-based Threats, Federal Bureau of Investigation 
3:30 Screening of the SHOWTIME® series Years of Living Dangerously

Margaret Ebrahim, Producer, Years of Living Dangerously; Senior Producer, Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University School of Communication
Joseph Romm, Chief Science Editor, Years of Living Dangerously; Founding Editor, ClimateProgress.org; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; and a 1987-1988 AAAS Congressional Fellow sponsored by APS

5:00 Adjournment