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  • From Local to Global: Public Research Universities in the 21st Century - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    in twenty cities We have created an Exploratory Fund designed to assist members in creating smaller scale initiatives on subjects that concern them most from legal assistance for the poor to the preservation of cultural heritage in wartime to the future of American jazz And we have launched two major initiatives Following the success of our Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences we received a second bipartisan request from Congress to conduct a study on the state of foreign language education in the United States Paul LeClerc the former president of the New York Public Library is chair of the project Our nation already invests in language education particularly at the high school and college levels but undervalues language proficiency as a national goal for business and international security but also for personal fulfillment The Commission on Language Learning will issue a report next fall addressing this important national issue We have also launched a Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and co chaired by Michael McPherson president of the Spencer Foundation and Roger Ferguson president of TIAA CREF This new study acknowledges that postsecondary education continues to be one of the most important avenues of opportunity in America today and that there are ever more options for how where and when Americans receive their postsecondary education New populations of students for whom the traditional four year degree at a residential university was once an impossibility can now pursue undergraduate education in two year four year for profit and online institutions according to schedules that fit their own lives with content delivered in modules adaptable to their own specific needs The Academy s commission will examine the current state of postsecondary education imagine what the nation s needs will be in 20 or 30 years and offer recommendations for addressing the rising costs of college and ways of financing postsecondary education that protects wide and equitable access Today s program considers the importance of public research universities and reflects the work of our third major commission It will focus on institutions like UCLA and UC Riverside public research universities that educate large numbers of students from diverse backgrounds and produce critical scientific and technology research that drives innovation Co chaired by Mary Sue Coleman president emerita of the University of Michigan and Robert Birgeneau chancellor emeritus of UC Berkeley The Lincoln Project is considering the implications of declining state investment in public higher education and developing recommendations for ensuring that public universities continue to serve the nation as engines of research economic development and opportunity for Americans from all backgrounds Over the past two years the Lincoln Project has held regional forums around the nation and published a series of short reports examining specific aspects of the issue all building toward the publication of a final report in early April which will include concrete recommendations for universities their philanthropic and corporate partners and policy makers But that is just the

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  • Water: California in a Global Context - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Meetings and Events 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 Water California in a Global Context Stanford University February 2 2016 Welcome Call to Order Jonathan F Fanton President American Academy of Arts and Sciences Video Introduction Christopher B Field Founding Director Department of Global Ecology Carnegie Institution for Science Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Stanford University Video Presentations Anna M Michalak Faculty Member Department of Global Ecology Carnegie Institution for Science Associate Professor Department of Earth System Science Stanford University Video Christopher B Field Founding Director Department of Global Ecology Carnegie Institution for Science Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Stanford University Video Holly Doremus Associate Dean Faculty Development and Research James H House and Hiram H Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation Faculty Co Director Center for Law Energy the Environment UC Berkeley School of Law Video Isha Ray Associate Professor of Energy and Resources University of California Berkeley Co Director Berkeley Water Center Video Annie Maxwell President Skoll

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  • Water: California in a Global Context - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    former Marine officer Phil Klay The program was moderated by Academy Fellow and Stanford professor Scott Sagan who is currently leading an Academy study on New Dilemmas on Ethics Technology and War That study will produce two issues of Dædalus the Journal of the American Academy later this year Tonight s program on Water California in a Global Context follows another special issue of the Academy s journal Daedalus that was published last summer The issue entitled On Water was guest edited by two of our speakers this evening Christopher Field and Anna Michalak and copies are available outside The essays describe how humanity s need for water is inextricably linked to its need for security energy food and community Yet at the same time climate change population growth and economic development are placing unprecedented demands on this limited resource and increasing the uncertainty associated with future demands for water and its availability Our speakers this evening will discuss not only the global challenges related to water but also some ideas and recommendations for water sustainability and how these challenges and solutions map onto the water landscape in California The Academy s interest in the status of America s natural resources goes back to our earliest years In fact the first four American Academy studies launched in 1781 in the midst of the Revolutionary War all pertained to the description and uses that gifts of nature could provide to the emerging nation from its soils and native crops to the medicinal properties of its plants and minerals The first volume of the Academy s Memoirs published in 1785 included reports on several natural phenomena including quote Several Remarkable Springs in the States of Pennsylvania and Virginia by Continental Army Major General Benjamin Lincoln also Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts An Account of the Springs and Wells on the Peninsula of Boston with an Attempt to Explain the Manner in Which They Are Supplied by Reverend John Lathrop and An Account of a Number of Medicinal Springs at Saratoga in the State of New York by physician Samuel Tenney Anticipating perhaps that some Academy members might question the emphasis placed on natural resources the preface to the volume remarked that it ought to be remembered that one interesting pursuit of the Academy is the natural history of the country a country where the arts of defense and the means of subsistence have hitherto almost engrossed the industry of its inhabitants where the fossil and vegetable kingdoms are yet unexplored and perhaps their most valuable productions still undiscovered The preface goes on to say A country comprehending several climates and a rich variety of soils watered and fertilized by a multitude of springs and streams and by many grand rivers some of them admitting of a fine inland navigation the citizens have great opportunities and advantages for making useful experiments and improvements whereby the interest and happiness of the rising empire may be essentially advanced So the Academy has long been interested in

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  • Morton L. Mandel Public Lecture Consensus & Controversy in Science: Genes, GMOs & Climate - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    of the Academy Books Research Papers Monographs and Project Publications Meetings Overview Induction 2015 Upcoming Meetings and Events Friday Forum 2015 2016 Schedule Past Meetings and Events 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 Morton L Mandel Public Lecture Consensus Controversy in Science Genes GMOs Climate University of California Berkeley February 1 2016 Welcome Nicholas B Dirks Chancellor University of California Berkeley Video Call to Order Jonathan F Fanton President American Academy of Arts and Sciences Video Introduction Randy W Schekman University Professor Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology University of California Berkeley Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute Video Presentations Jennifer Doudna Li Ka Shing Chancellor s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences Professor Departments of Molecular Cell Biology and Chemistry University of California Berkeley Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute Video Pamela Ronald Professor Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center University of California Davis Director of Grass Genetics Joint Bioenergy Institute Video Richard A Muller Professor of Physics University of California Berkeley Video Upcoming Meetings

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  • Consesnus & Controversy in Science: Genes, GMOs, and Climate - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    of Academy members at our annual ceremony in Cambridge including six scholars from the University of California Berkeley Carlos Bustamante professor of molecular and cell biology physics and chemistry Raymond and Beverly Sackler professor in biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator John Clarke professor of physics Alex Filippenko professor of astronomy and Richard and Rhoda Goldman distinguished professor in the physical sciences who concluded the weekend with a wonderful presentation on the expanding universe John Hartwig professor of chemistry and Henry Rapoport chair in organic chemistry Enrique Iglesia Theodore Vermeulen professor of chemical engineering and faculty senior scientist in the chemical sciences division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and John MacFarlane professor of philosophy Please join me in congratulating them on their election to the Academy From our founding in 1780 the American Academy has been a source of independent trusted advice on important issues That tradition continues with our recent Commission on Science and Technology report Restoring the Foundation which recommends a greater federal investment in basic research We now have underway called The Lincoln Project a project co chaired by former Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau that is examining the challenges facing public research universities in the face of sharp cuts in state funding While another of our commissions the Commission on the Future of Higher Education is looking at how Americans are obtaining their post secondary education in the face of rising costs Our longstanding concern for global security continues with new studies on technology ethics and war and another on how failed states and civil wars affect global security And a new Exploratory Fund invites members like you to hold a meeting at the Academy to talk about an issue of interest and concern Our first meeting looked at the state of legal services for disadvantaged communities another coming up will address the future of jazz still another on the disconnect between global and area studies The Academy is making a vigorous effort to engage its members in its work holding meetings in twenty locations around the country this academic year Tonight s program Consensus and Controversy in Science Genes GMOs and Climate is one of the Academy s Morton L Mandel Public Lectures It is part of our Morton L Mandel Program for Civic Discourse and Membership Engagement which aims to strengthen the bonds of community among the Academy s more than 5 000 Members as we stimulate discussion of important issues with our members and the general public Our topic this evening relates directly to a new Academy initiative on The Public Face of Science This three year project will include an in depth examination of how individual beliefs and scientific comprehension affect the public s perception of and trust in the scientific process We will also work with journalists to examine the role of the media in shaping the public s perception of how scientists work think collaborate and debate To look at how science informs policy development we will undertake a set

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  • Human Performance Enhancement Workshop - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    for this gathering is perhaps more ambitious Jesse Ausubel and the Lounsbery Foundation have asked us to develop a roadmap for a larger multi year initiative and to help raise awareness in the academic and policy communities of the critical need for a comprehensive treatment of this subject An ambitious objective demands an ambitious agenda and so we have many topics to cover over the next two days Appropriately Steve Hyman and the Academy project staff have incorporated an initial session on technological forecasting what is the current state of the art in both invasive and noninvasive techniques and what new approaches will be available in the near future We will then have some discussion of what lies ahead in the world of athletic performance followed by a series of panels on various dimensions of cognitive enhancement including considerations for governmental regulation for the workplace for social equality and for how we see ourselves as individuals As we proceed through these sessions please keep in mind the charge we have been given to identify questions that could be addressed in a longer term study and to suggest what such a study might hope to achieve As a historian I am often inclined to look to the past for inspiration and so I note with interest that exactly fifty years ago in 1966 the Academy created an interdisciplinary working group to study the societal impact of human experimentation This was a time when the potential of new surgical techniques like heart transplantation was of increasing public interest The Academy s working group raised important scientific and technical issues but just as importantly it explored the social legal and political issues surrounding medical experimentation on human subjects This study followed an Academy report published the previous year in which the Harvard sociologist

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  • Fear and Democracy: Reflections on Security and Freedom - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Projects Overview Academy Data Forum Humanities Arts and Education Science Engineering and Technology Global Security and International Affairs American Institutions and the Public Good Publications Overview Dædalus Journal of the Academy Bulletin Magazine of the Academy Books Research Papers Monographs and Project Publications Meetings Overview Induction 2015 Upcoming Meetings and Events Friday Forum 2015 2016 Schedule Past Meetings and Events 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 Fear and Democracy Reflections on Security and Freedom The Italian Academy at Columbia University December 7 2015 Presentations Ira Katznelson Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History Columbia University President Social Science Research Council Video Samuel Issacharoff Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law New York University School of Law Video Closing Remarks Jonathan F Fanton President American Academy of Arts and Sciences Video Upcoming Meetings and Other Events View the Academy calendar of upcoming meetings and events Friday Forum Schedule View the 2015 2016 Friday Forum schedule Past Meetings Lectures and Other Events Click on the year for

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  • 2029th Stated Meeting: Fear and Democracy: Reflections on Security and Freedom - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Adams James Bowdoin John Hancock and other scholar patriots to promote a strong and virtuous nation through the pursuit of useful knowledge Our founders believed that the key to America s long term strength and survival was in the words of our charter to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest honor dignity and happiness of a free independent and virtuous people The Academy has pursued the vision of our founders by convening leaders in academia business government philanthropy and more to address issues current and abiding in search of sensible policies based on evidence not ideology Throughout the Academy s history democracy and the study of democratic principles and theory have remained constant themes The Academy seal was designed in 1781 to represent the state of a new country where the sun above the cloud represents not only our political state in 1780 when the Academy was first incorporated but also the rising state of America And the seal s motto Sub Libertate Florent conveys the belief that arts and sciences flourish best in free states The Academy s seal and motto reflected the promise of independence freedom and the principles of democracy in a new America The Academy s founder and second President of the United States John Adams wrote in 1780 The science of government it is my duty to study more than all other sciences I must study politics and war so that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy Throughout our history the Academy has examined the science of government in its studies projects and publications Let me give you a few recent examples In 1980 the Academy conducted a comparative study on religious and ethnic pluralism in the United States and Great Britain and in 1988 we convened a conference on immigration policy and political institutions in the United States In 2002 the Academy published an issue of Dædalus titled Restoring Trust in American Business on how to rebuild the trust upon which the American system of capitalism depends And in 2014 the Academy concluded its project Stewarding America which tested the health of the institutions critical to inspiring and modeling good citizenship The project focused its analysis on government courts media military corporations and education systems and its findings served as a basis for the Dædalus issue American Democracy the Common Good Tonight we are pleased to continue to examine democratic institutions The Social Science Research Council like the Academy works on topics important to democracy and representative governments The SSRC s Anxieties of Democracy program asks how representative democracies can be strengthened to govern more fairly and effectively The program is motivated by a concern about whether the core institutions of established democracies elections mass media political parties interest groups social movements and legislatures can address complex problems in the public interest Essays contributed by participants of the Anxieties of Democracy program have been gathered in a digital forum called The Democracy Papers which

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