Center for International Science and Technology Policy

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Insiders' Views of the Estonian ICT Success Story: The Rise of Skype and the E-governance Society

With Tiit Paananen & Hannes Astok

June 11, 2014

Part of our continuing science and technology policy seminar series of lectures, this talk was presented by both Mr. Paananen, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Estonian Development Fund, Board Member of Estonia's ITTA, and former head of Skype Estonia; and Mr. Astok, member of the board of the Estonian E-governance Academy, former Mayor and former Member of Parliament.
The discussion turned to issues of international capitalization, cybersecurity, as well as particularities of Estonia as a political and economic actor verses the United States and other large states.

Read the flyer here, and see the Skype and E-governance presentations.

 

Allen Bromley Memorial Lecture

April 24, 2014

This event has been organized cooperatively by the CISTP and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa for over a decade.  It alternates between Ottawa and Washington.  This year it takes place in Ottawa on April 24.
This year's speaker is a prominent Chinese expert in science and technology policy, Professor Ru Rongping, Director of the Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Read the flyer here.

 

 

"Challenges Facing the Department of Energy: Stockpile Stewardship and Nuclear Modernization" with Dr. Parney Albright, Direcor (2009-2013) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

March 24, 2014

Dr. Parney Albright served as Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 2009 - 2013. As director, he was responsible for the management of the Laboratory and also served as President of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. Dr. Albright has extensive experience in executive leadership; policy direction; strategic planning; Congressional and Executive branch interactions; financial and personnel management of large mission-focused science and technology organizations; and research, development, testing, and evaluation of national security technologies and systems.  He has a broad and deep understanding of U.S. and international civilian and military requirements, functions, and processes in the national security arena.

Read the flyer here.

 

"Policy Challenges in Biomedical Research" with Dr. Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director of NIH for Science, Outreach and Policy

February 19, 2014

Dr. Hudson is the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy (DDSOP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In April 2013, Dr. Hudson was appointed an ex-officio member of the NIH Advisory Council’s Working Group for the Brain Research through Advancing InnovativeNeurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. As NIH’s DDSOP, Dr. Hudson works with the NIH leadership in developing and implementing new strategic and scientific initiatives for the world’s largest biomedical research agency, which has an annual budget of $31 billion, to advance NIH’s mission of enhancing public health.

Read the flyer here.

 

Science & Technology Policy Lecture Series

"Labor Standards for High Technology: Comparative Experiance of China and India"

Professor David Alan Grier

February 18, 2014

Both China and India are striving to improve the quality of skills to be found in ITC workers. Superficially, both are using a similar process to bring training from Europe and the US but each is beset by its own set of problems. India has launched its effort as part of the National Skills Development Initiative and is struggling with the vast scope of this initiative and multiple purposes. China, working more closely with the existing educational structure, is finding problems adopting non-chinese materials so that they support the goals of the government and the Chinese Communist Party. The presentor has been involved in both projects as the President of the IEEE Computer Society.

 

CrowdConf 2013

"What is Crowdsourcing?"

October 22nd, 2013

CISTP's Dr. Grier Gives a Sneak-Peak of his Conference Course on Crowdsourcing

 

 

Science & Technology Policy Seminar Series: Director of DARPA, Dr. Arati Prabhakar

"Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World"

October 15th, 2013

The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 113
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Dr. Arati Prabhakar has spent her career investing in world-class engineers and scientists to create new technologies and businesses. She first joined DARPA in 1986 as a program manager, initiating and managing programs in advanced semiconductor technology and flexible manufacturing. She was founding director of DARPA's Microelectronics Technology Office, working with a team whose efforts spanned these areas as well as optoelectronics, infrared imaging, and nanoelectronics. In 1993, President Clinton appointed her director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the 3,000-person organization in its work with companies across multiple industries. Dr. Prabhakar moved to Silicon Valley in 1997, first as CTO and senior VP at Raychem, and later VP and then president of Interval Research. From 2001 to 2011, she was a partner with U.S. Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm where she worked with entrepreneurs in energy efficiency technologies, components for consumer electronics, and semiconductor process and design technology.

In this lecture, Dr. Prabhakar will discuss what DARPA does for the nation, how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today's realities, and the future that it's building by creating the next generation of technology to give defense leaders more options for tomorrow's missions.

Watch the lecture here.

 

D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event

Featuring a Lecture by Dr. Maria Klawe

"Increasing Diversity in the STEM Workforce"

May 1st, 2013

The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 505
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Dr. Maria Klawe has been the President of Harvey Mudd College since 2006, and is the College's first female president. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics.

About the D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event Since 2005 the University of Ottawa has collaborated with George Washington University in holding a series of annual events in memory of Dr. D. Allan Bromley. The memorial events alternate each year between Ottawa and Washington D.C. and offer an opportunity for graduate students interested in science and technology policy to meet with senior science and policy advisors in the United States and Canada. This year's event is hosted by the Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

Praise for the 2013 D. Allen Bromley Memorial Event

"It was a phenomenal experience, and I am beyond happy that I got to go. It really showed me the myriad of ways science and policy can be combined, and gave me tons of ideas regarding what to do with my own future. It also boosted my confidence, as everyone took me and my research seriously, and I feel like I made some great contacts." - Dara Marcus, University of Ottawa student

For information on previous Bromley Events click here.

To watch a video of Dr. Klawe's lecture click here.

 

Science & Technology Policy Seminar Series: Ambassador Richard LeBaron

"Risk and Resilience: Moving from Fear to Confidence"

Wednesday April 24th 2013

The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 505
1957 E Street, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20052

4:30-6:00pm

Ambassador (ret.) Richard LeBaron is currently a Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council in Washington. Amb. LeBaron retired from the U.S. diplomatic service in April 2012 after a thirty-three year career.

LeBaron's most recent foreign posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010, and as the founding Coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.

A graduate of the Elliott School's Science, Technology and Public Policy program, he will provide some ideas and will solicit from the audience their own ideas on how science and technology can better inform the public debate about risks versus opportunities. He will also discuss his experience as a U.S. diplomat working in the Middle East and his current work on the Gulf at the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council.

 

GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with David Alan Grier and Michael Bernstein

November 13th, 2012

The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 505
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

5:30-7:30pm

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth.

The third meeting will feature Michael Bernstein of Stanford University, who will cover material from his dissertation work on engaging the crowd and on the Solyent crowdsourced word processor.

A Science and Technology Policy Series Lecture: "Innovation for a Secure Future" with Dr. Ray O Johnson

November 7th, 2012

The Elliott School of International Affairs - State Room
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

11:30am-2:00pm

Dr. Ray Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Lockheed Martin Corporation, will discuss the role of innovation in meeting the needs of U.S. security, economic growth and education. In particular, he will focus on the role of partnerships between research universities and industry in light of the recommendations of the National Academies report on "Research Universities and the Future of America."

GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with David Alan Grier and Manuel Cebrian

October 16th, 2012

The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 505
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

5:30-7:30pm

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth.

The second meeting will cover self-organized crowds and will feature Manuel Cebrian, Assistant Research Scientist of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California San Diego. Based on his experience with such events as the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge, the DARPA Shredder Challenge, and the 2012 Department of State Tag Challenge, Manuel will discuss the power of crowds for searching and his concerns for the limits of crowdsourcing.

A Distinguished Women in International Affairs Lecture: Kerri-Ann Jones "Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership"

October 9th, 2012

Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 602
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

A lecture and discussion with Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State, on the intersection of foreign policy and science.

Sponsored by the Center for International Science and Technology Policy, the Global Gender Program, and the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series.

GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with David Alan Grier

September 18th, 2012

The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 505
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth.

The first meeting looks at the current typology of crowdsourcing with contributions from a potential guest speaker. It considers the different forms of the phenomena, its relation to fields such as marketing research, process management, and organization theory. It particularly focuses on its role in development and innovation.

IEEE USA 2012 STEM Workshop on Measures for Innovation and Competitiveness

June 6th, 2012

CISTP and the AAAS will be co-sponsoring this event.

Conference Announcement
Conference Program
Transcript from the 2009 Conference

D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event 2012: William B. Bonvillian

Bringing Advanced Innovation to the Manufacturing Sector

May 14, 2012

University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building 4101

William B. Bonvillian is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Washington, D.C. Office, where he works to support MIT's strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies and its role in national science policy. Previously he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policies and innovation issues, and he worked extensively on legislation for intelligence reform, defence and life science R&D, national competitiveness and innovation, as well as legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security.

About the D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event Since 2005 the University of Ottawa has collaborated with George Washington University in holding a series of annual events in memory of Dr. D. Allan Bromley. The memorial events alternate each year between Ottawa and Washington D.C. and offer an opportunity for graduate students interested in science and technology policy to meet with senior science and policy advisors in the United States and Canada. This year's event is hosted by the Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

Visit www.issp.uottawa.ca/eng/bromley for more information.

CISTP Seminar: David Alan Grier
"Crowdsource as a Tool of Diplomacy"

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lindner Family Commons
The Elliott School of International Affairs - Room 602
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

A crowdsourcing is an intriguing and highly flexible way of engaging large numbers of individuals in collective efforts. Utilizing the technologies of social media, it creates spot judgment markets that can be used to process large amounts of information. This talk will provide an introduction to the subject and will include a discussion of a current application of crowdsourcing in the US Department of State.

David Alan Grier is an associate professor of International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University. He is the author of three books on computation and society: When Computers Were Human (2005), Too Soon To Tell (2009) and The Company We Keep (2012). He also writes a biweekly column for The Daily Crowdsource.

RSVP at http://go.gwu.edu/2l or cistp@gwu.edu

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March 24, 2014

"Policy Challenges in Biomedical Research" with Dr. Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director of NIH for Science, Outreach and Policy
February 19, 2014

"Labor Standards for High Technology: Comparative Experience of China and India"with Professor David Alan Grier
February 18, 2014

"Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World" with Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of DARPA
October 15, 2013
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"Increasing Diversity in the STEM Workforce" with Dr. Maria Klawe
May 1, 2013

"Risk and Resilience: Moving from Fear to Confidence" with Amb. Richard LeBaron
April 24, 2013

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