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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Fellowships Overview Visiting Scholars Program Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy Policy Fellowship in the Humanities Education and the Arts Policy Fellowship in Global Security and International Affairs The Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Academy CEO Speaks at National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting 3 11 2009 Press Release On March 10 Academy CEO Leslie Berlowitz addressed the annual meeting of the National Humanities Alliance NHA in Washington DC In times like these we look to the humanities to provide us with a sense of common purpose and to renew our sense of the possibilities of citizenship said Berlowitz In short we look to the humanities as the sources and safeguards of our democratic values The NHA s meeting coincides with the annual Humanities Advocacy Day which is an opportunity for representatives from the humanities community to meet with members of Congress and their staff and convey the importance of federal support for the humanities Berlowitz shared data from the recently released Humanities Indicators Prototype with the audience of college and university faculty teachers students museum professionals librarians archivists curators and independent scholars at an Academy hosted luncheon The prototype based on existing data is a first of its kind collection of broad based quantitative information about areas of concern in the humanities community Calling the Indicators a sign of our seriousness as advocates and our renewed commitment to the vitality of the humanities in America Berlowitz urged the audience to encourage members of Congress to think practically about the future of the nation and to inform them of the Academy s efforts to make the case for the humanities through data Academy in the News 2 10 2016 With money tight chancellor says UC Berkeley must reimagine its future L A Times 1 26

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    has changed the ways citizens interact with government and receive information The web has not solved the problem of political stratification in America said Brady Maybe we should never have thought that it could At the next panel Alternative Futures for the Internet Fears and Optimism moderator David Clark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lead a discussion about what society can and should be doing to craft the ideal Internet of the future The Internet is not a fixed and determined thing It mutates rapidly said Clark As we drive rapidly toward the future there s more than one possible path and that raises a bunch of vague questions Can we even predict the eventual implications of actions we take now Should we assume that the Internet of the future is simply a random phenomenon Clark was joined by panelists Cynthia Dwork of Microsoft Hal Varian of Google and Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School who each shared their vision of the Internet of the future Creative Arts New Tools and Technology and the Democratization of Craft the third panel examined how technology has contributed to a shift in they way society thinks about produces and experiences art Moderator Pat Hanrahan of Stanford University was joined by panelists Jonathan Berger of Stanford Dale Dougherty of O Reilly Media Inc Charles Geschke of Adobe Systems Inc and Carl Rosendahl founder of Pacific Data Images Now that anyone can create and disseminate art freely over the web what comes next According to Berger a new way of actively engaging with the material On the evening of Feb 28 the symposia moved to the Google campus for a roundtable discussion with four individuals whose work helped launch the digital revolution Vinton Cerf of Google Inc Irwin Jacobs founder of Qualcomm Inc and

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    Hughes Medical Institute will present the recommendations of the American Academy s ARISE Advancing Research in Science and Engineering report to members of Congress and their staff at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the American Chemical Society Cech chair of the Academy committee that developed the ARISE report will explain the rationale for targeted programs and policies to support early career investigators and high risk high reward research to preserve U S leadership in science and technology The briefing will also feature Ken Dill University of California at San Francisco who will discuss the historical context of federal research and development funding and trends in support for high risk deep innovation research and a new sense of optimism and excitement about science funding Rob Atkinson Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Fellow of the Academy discussing how the goals of the new Administration and Congress should incorporate investment in young researchers and high risk research Jeremy Berg National Institute of General Medical Sciences who will explain the need for nurturing early career researchers in the context of the aging NIH workforce and describe NIH s efforts to support young researchers doing creative research Jennifer Kohler University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who will discuss the importance of an early career grant to her career and share the views and experiences of a young scientist ARISE documents obstacles facing faculty as they launch their independent careers as well as the dearth of support for potentially transformative science and technology research It sets out a series of steps that government academic research institutions and private foundations can take to maintain a steady pipeline of science and engineering talent Recommended actions include targeted grants and seed funding programs for early career faculty formalized mentoring for early career scientists adjustments to university promotion

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    Fellowship in Global Security and International Affairs The Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Political Scholar Verba Speaks About the Internet s Influence on 2008 Election 2 10 2009 Press Release The Internet had an unprecedented role in the 2008 Presidential election and rewrote the rules of grassroots campaigning On Feb 6 2009 Sidney Verba the Carl H Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and Fellow of the American Academy visited the Academy to discuss political equality in America and the many ways the Internet contributed to the campaign and 2008 election Verba is a leading authority on American and comparative politics particularly on political participation by different social groups He is coauthor of The Civic Culture Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations with the late Gabriel Almond His most recent work is Voice and Equality Civic Voluntarism in American Politics with Kay Schlozman and Henry Brady Verba has also served Director of the University Library As Harvard s Librarian for more than 20 years a tenure longer than anyone else in Harvard s history he led the library through a period of unprecedented change overseeing the effort to digitize its massive collection Academy in

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    Education and the Arts Policy Fellowship in Global Security and International Affairs The Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Scientists to Discuss Novel Applications of Nanotechnology on March 11 2 5 2009 Press Release WHAT Panel Discussion Novel Applications of Nanotechnology WHO Angela Belcher Germehausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Evelyn Hu Gordan McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering Harvard University Robert Langer Institute Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Phillip A Sharp Institute Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology WHEN Wednesday March 11 2009 WHERE American Academy of Arts Sciences Cambridge Mass Nanoscale technology involves small structures from 1 to 100 nanometers in size and has the potential to create new materials and devices with wide ranging applications in medicine electronics and energy production But as with any new technology there are questions about the risks and impact of nanotechnology discoveries At this American Academy panel Sharp will provide an introduction and Belcher will discuss emerging applications of nanotechnology in energy Hu will discuss applications in photonics and Langer will discuss applications in medicine This panel is by invitation only Academy in the News 2 10 2016

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    and International Affairs The Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Leaders To Discuss Humanities in a Civil Society on March 9 in Washington DC 2 4 2009 Press Release WHAT Symposium The Humanities in a Civil Society WHO David Souter Associate Justice United States Supreme Court Don Michael Randel President The Mellon Foundation Patricia Q Stonesifer Chairwoman Smithsonian Institution Edward L Ayers President University of Richmond Francis Oakley President Emeritus and Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas Williams College Steven Knapp President George Washington University WHEN Monday March 9 2009 WHERE George Washington University Washington D C New and increasingly complex challenges political cultural technological and financial are profoundly altering conditions for the humanities in the United States Speakers will examine the significance of the humanities to our national culture and policies to ensure their health in the 21st century The symposium coincides with publication by the American Academy of the Humanities Indicators the first comprehensive data set about the humanities in America and a special issue of the Academy s journal Dædalus on the humanities This meeting takes place on the eve of the National Humanities Alliance 2009 Conference The panel is

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    Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Digital Pioneers To Gather in Silicon Valley for Symposium on IT the Public Good Feb 28 March 1 2 3 2009 Press Release WHAT Symposium Information Technology and the Public Good WHO The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Microsoft Google the Computer History Museum WHEN Saturday Sunday February 28 March 1 2009 WHERE Mountain View Calif Digital technology has created unprecedented changes in the way we live work and interact with the world and each other The magnitude of recent trends is staggering President Obama s digital campaign recruited 8 million volunteers online more than 200 million blogs have been published Facebook surpassed 150 million users worldwide and sales of iPods topped 180 million To consider the impact of these transformations in American society and culture the American Academy is holding a day and a half symposium Information Technology and the Public Good The program will address the multiple effects positive and negative planned and unanticipated that information technology has had on society Leaders from industry and academia come together to ask How did we get here What are the pros and cons Where are we

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    Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Humanities Indicators Launch Makes Splash 2 2 2009 Press Release CAMBRIDGE Mass In January the Academy unveiled the Humanities Indicators a prototype set of statistical data about the humanities in the United States This online data set the first of its kind attracted extensive attention in the news media and in the blogosphere and the website received more than 250 000 hits originating from 38 countries The prototype includes 74 indicators and more than 200 tables and charts Select coverage of the Humanities Indicators First National Picture of Trends in the Humanities Is Unveiled Chronicle of Higher Education The State of the Humanities Inside Higher Ed First Group Takes Pulse of Humanities in U S Education Week Metrics for the Humanities The Society for Scholarly Publishing s blog The Scholarly Kitchen So Much for Oprah and Harry Potter Daniel W Drezner s blog ForeignPolicy com The Indicators provide scholars policymakers and the public with a comprehensive picture of the state of the humanities from primary to higher education to public humanities They will be updated as new information becomes available including data from a survey administered by the Academy last year

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