Science and technology leaders discuss U.S. challenges, opportunities

Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering, at SMUThe greatest challenges affecting U.S. science and technology leadership – and the greatest opportunities for success – lie in the areas of energy, climate change, healthcare and education, the presidents of the National Academies told students at SMU April 1.

Speaking at the Turner Construction Student Forum, Ralph J. Cicerone, Harvey V. Fineberg and Charles M. Vest said they had come to SMU “to instill a greater sense of urgency in all of you about the importance of (maintaining) leadership in science, medicine and engineering in this country.” The three were on campus as part of SMU’s 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council. Fineberg is president of the Institute of Medicine. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering. The National Academies bring together committees of experts in scientific and technological areas to advise the federal government and the public on critical national issues. (Right, Charles Vest at the Turner Construction Student Forum, photo courtesy of The Daily Campus.)

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Tate Lecture to focus on science and technology April 1

Ralph Cicerone, Harvey Fineberg and Charles VestThree leaders in science, medicine and technology will discuss how the United States can stay a leader in these disciplines. Ralph J. Cicerone, Harvey V. Fineberg and Charles M. Vest will speak on “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Saving U.S. Science and Technology Leadership” April 1 in SMU’s 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Ralph J. Cicerone is president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council. He has received a number of awards for his research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change. Harvey V. Fineberg is president of the Institute of Medicine. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. Charles M. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering. He chaired the President’s Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station and serves on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Cicerone, Fineberg and Vest will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. April 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Learn more at smu.edu/tate.