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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 4, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 13
Forum Discusses Competitiveness of U.S. in Science and Technology

At a forum at SAIS on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Hamilton Project Forum of the Brookings Institution will examine the importance of science and technology to meeting the challenges of the 21st century and introduce three proposals to enhance U.S. expertise and competitiveness in these areas.

Two discussions, at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium, will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Panelists include Robert E. Rubin of Citigroup and Lawrence H. Summers of Harvard University, both members of the Hamilton Project advisory council; JHU President William R. Brody; Michael Capellas, former CEO of MCI and Compaq; and Harold Varmus, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine and former NIH director, now president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The first panel will discuss a new strategy paper exploring the importance of investments in innovation, research and in the education of a highly skilled American work force to fueling American growth, prosperity and competitiveness. It also will highlight papers on increasing the number of qualified U.S. students pursuing graduate degrees in science and engineering, expanding government use of prizes for innovative achievements in science and technology, and reforming and streamlining the review process for those patents offering the greatest technological and commercial impact.

The second panel will explore how best to meet the challenges of an economy fueled by rapid scientific and technological advancements and how to address the increasing globalization of high-skill and high-wage technology sectors.

To RSVP for the event, call the Brookings Office of Communications at 202-797-6105, e-mail or go to Brookings will also host a live Webcast of this event at


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