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Project Title: Assessing the Value of Research in Advancing National Goals

PIN: DBASSE-DBASSE EO-11-03        

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Ad Hoc Activity
Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy
Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy


Straf, Miron

Subject/Focus Area:  Behavioral and Social Sciences; Policy for Science and Technology

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   12/10/2012

The Honorable Richard F. Celeste - (Chair)
Colorado College

The Honorable Richard F. Celeste (Chair) is President Emeritus of Colorado College where he served until 2011. He was director of the Peace Corps, from 1979 to 1981 and served as U.S. Ambassador to India from 1997 to 2001. He was governor of Ohio from 1983-1991, following which he served as managing partner in the consulting firm of Celeste & Sabety, Ltd. He is a current member of the NRC Policy and Global Affairs Division Advisory Committee and of the Committee to Evaluate the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and EPSCoR-like Programs in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has previously served on the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; the Government- University-Industry Research Roundtable; and the Coordinating Council for Education. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, where he remained for one additional year as a Carnegie Teaching Fellow. In 1961 he went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned to Yale in 1963 for graduate study, working as curriculum advisor and part-time civics teacher.

Dr. Rodney A. Brooks
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rodney A. Brooks (NAE) is Panasonic professor of robotics emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rodney Brooks is a robotics entrepreneur and founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics). He is also a founder, former board member, and former CTO of iRobot Corp (Nasdaq: IRBT). Dr. Brooks is the former director (1997 - 2007) of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He also held research positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT and a faculty position at Stanford. He served as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Group (ISAG) of National Information and Communication Technology Australia (NICTA) and the Global Innovation and Technology Advisory Council of John Deere & Co. His research interests are in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life. He served on the NRC Committee on Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 1981.

Dr. Alicia Carriquiry
Iowa State University

Alicia Carriquiry is distinguished professor of statistics at Iowa State University. Her research interests are in Bayesian statistics and general methods. Her recent work focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment, as well as on problems in genomics, forensic sciences, and traffic safety. Carriquiry is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has served on the executive committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and of the American Statistical Association and was a member of the board of trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. She has served on several committees and panels of the National Academies including the standing Committee on National Statistics and chaired a committee on approaches to estimate the number of illegal border crossings in the Southwestern border of the United States. She has a M.Sc. in animal science from the University of Illinois, and a M.Sc. in statistics and a Ph.D. in statistics and animal genetics from Iowa State University.

Mr. Christopher M. Coburn
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Christopher M. Coburn is Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI), Cleveland Clinic's corporate venturing arm. Under his leadership, CCI has developed 55 technology spin-offs with nearly $700 million in equity investment. In 2012, CCI was recognized by Global Corporate Venturing as one of the world's top four healthcare corporate venturing organizations. Coburn serves on the board of directors of Autonomic Technologies, Explorys, i360 Medical, and BioEnterprise. He is a former vice president and general manager of Battelle Memorial Institute, director of the U.S. Enrichment Corporation, and author of the only comprehensive profile of public sector commercialization initiatives. He served under Governor Richard Celeste as Ohio’s chief technology officer. He has consulted, testified and spoken on technology commercialization throughout North America and in more than two dozen countries. He has a bachelor's degree in political science, from John Carroll University, and a M.P.A. from George Washington University.

Dr. Stephen E. Fienberg
Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen E. Fienberg is Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science in the Department of Statistics, the Machine Learning Department, the Heinz College, and Cylab at Carnegie Mellon University. A leader in the development of statistical methods for the analysis of multivariate categorical data, he has also worked on the development of statistical methods for large-scale sample surveys and censuses, such as those carried out by the federal government, and on the interrelationships between sample surveys and randomized experiments. His current research includes technical and policy aspects of privacy and confidentiality and on methods for the analysis of network data. Fienberg has also been active in the application of statistical methods to legal problems and in assessing the appropriateness of statistical testimony in actual legal cases, and he has linked his interests in Bayesian decision making to the issues of legal decision making. He has served on a broad array of National Research Council and Institute of Medicine committees, evaluating scientific evidence arising from the social, behavioral, and biomedical science studies. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, co-chair of the NAS Report Review Committee and member of the NRC Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Editorial Board. He is a former member of the NRC Division Committee for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and chair of the Committee on National Statistics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. Fienberg has a Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University.

Dr. Bronwyn H. Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Bronwyn H. Hall is professor of economics, University of California, Berkeley, and professor of economics of technology and innovation, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Hall's research is on the economics and econometrics of technical change. She is co-editor the Handbook of the Economics of Innovation. Her current research includes comparative analysis of the U.S. and European patent systems, the use of patent citation data for the valuation of intangible (knowledge) assets, comparative firm-level investment and innovation studies (the G- 7 economies), measuring the returns to R&D and innovation at the firm level, analysis of technology policies such as R&D subsidies and tax incentives, and of recent changes in patenting behavior in the semiconductor and computer industries. She has made substantial contributions to applied economic research via the creation of software for econometric estimation and of firm- level data for the study of innovation, including a widely used data base on U.S. patents. She is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London. She is also the founder and partner of TSP International, an econometric software firm. Her service on NRC committees include the Committee on Measuring Economic and Other Returns on Federal Research Investments (workshop), the Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice in National Technology Programs, the Committee on Measuring and Sustaining the New Economy, the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy, the Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation, the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy, the Committee to Analyze Trends in Federal Spending on Scientific and Engineering Research and Their Impacts on Research Fields and Graduate Training, the Committee to Assess the Portfolio of the Science Resources Studies Division of NSF, the Steering Committee for a Workshop on Industrial Science and Technology Indicators, and the Steering Committee on Projections of Scientists and Engineers. She has a B.A. in physics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Dr. John E. Kelly, III
International Business Machines Corporation

John E. Kelly, III is senior vice president and director, research, International Business Machines Corporation. Kelly directs the worldwide operations of IBM Research, with approximately 3,000 scientists and technical employees at 12 laboratories in 10 countries around the world, and helps guide IBM's overall technical strategy. His top priorities are to stimulate innovation in key areas of information technology, and quickly bring those innovations to market, to sustain and grow IBM's existing business and to create the new businesses, and to apply these innovations to help IBM clients succeed. Kelly also leads IBM's worldwide intellectual property efforts. IBM has led the world in U.S. patents for 19 consecutive years, generating more than 6,000 patents in 2011 and delivering more than $1B per year in income from its intellectual property. Kelly was previously senior vice president of IBM technology and intellectual property and vice president of systems, technology and science for IBM Research. He has served on the NRC Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He has a M.S. in physics, and a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Rensseler Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Joshua Lerner
Harvard Business School

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Finance and the Entrepreneurial Management Areas. His research focuses on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy, in particular on the structure and role of venture capital and private equity organizations and on innovation policies and how they impact firm strategies. He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Research, and Innovation Program. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a non-profit devoted to encouraging data access to and research about venture capital and private equity. Lerner is a recipient of the Swedish government’s 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Research Award. His NRC service includes the Committee on Investor Exit Strategies and Entrepreneurial Firm Growth: Phase One, the Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation, and the Workshop on U.S.-Japan Technology Links in Biotechnology. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Dr. David C. Mowery
University of California, Berkeley

David C. Mowery is professor of new enterprise development, Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Mowery holds the William A. & Betty H. Hasler chair in New Enterprise Development, Haas Business and Public Policy Group. He has served as an adviser to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and a number of government agencies and industrial firms. His research interests include the impact of technological change on economic growth and employment, management of technological change, and international trade policy and US technology policy, especially high-technology joint ventures. He has written on industrial leadership, the global computer software industry, competitiveness strategy for the global chemicals industry, and collaborative R&D, among other topics. His service on NRC committees is extensive. He was the study director for the NRC Panel on Technology and Employment and currently serves on the NRC Committee on Harnessing Light: Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research. He has served on the Committee on Understanding the Impact of Selling the Helium Reserve, the Committee on Competitiveness and Workforce Needs of United States Industry, the Committee for the Review of Proposals to the 2009 Engineering and Physical Science Research and Commercialization Program (ERCP) of the Ohio Third Frontier Program, the Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile, the Committee to Review the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the Committee To Assess the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise, the Committee on New Approaches to Early Detection of Breast Cancer: Accelerating the Flow from Concept to Clinic, the Committee on Benefits of DOE's R&D on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy, the Committee to Assess the Portfolio of the Science Resources Studies Division of NSF, the Committee for a Strategic Assessment of the U.S. Aeronautics Program, the Committee on Applications of Biotechnology to Contraceptive Research and Development: New Opportunities for Public/Private Sector Collaboration, the Committee on International Standards, Conformity Assessment, and U.S. Trade Policy, the Study of the Government Role in Civilian Technology, the Technology and Trade Policies Steering Committee, the Workshop on Japanese Participation in U.S. University Research, and the Committee for the Study of the Causes and Consequences of the Internationalization of U.S. Manufacturing, among others. He has a B.A. and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Dr. Jason Owen-Smith
University of Michigan

Jason Owen-Smith is Associate Professor Sociology and Organizational Studies and Director of and Professor of Organizational Studies in the Barger Leadership Institute, University of Michigan Owen-Smith is a sociologist who examines how science, commerce, and the law cohere and conflict in contemporary societies and economies. His research examines the dynamics of high-technology industries, the commercialization of academic research, and the science and politics of human embryonic stem cell research. He seeks to understand how organizations, institutions, and networks can maintain the status quo while generating novelty through social transformations, scientific discoveries, and technological breakthroughs. Owen-Smith is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industries Studies Fellowship in Biotechnology. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona.

Mr. John Edward Porter
Hogan Lovells U.S.

John Edward Porter (IOM) is a partner in the international law firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP, formerly Hogan & Hartson. He served 21 years as U.S. Congressman from the 10th district in Illinois, where he served on the Appropriations Committee, and as chair of the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Under his subcommittee's jurisdiction were all the health programs and agencies (including NIH and CDC, but excepting FDA) and all of the education programs and agencies of the federal government. He was founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He co-authored the legislation creating Radio Free Asia and served as chair of the Global Legislators Organized for a Balanced Environment. Porter chairs Research!America and is vice-chair of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the boards of the PBS Foundation, the First Focus Campaign for Children, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was chairman of PBS, a trustee of the Brookings Institution and served on the boards of the RAND Corporation, the American Heart Association, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. His NRC service includes the Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention; the Planning Committee for a Workshop on Perspectives from United Kingdom and United States Policymakers on Obesity Prevention; the Planning Committee for a Workshop on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine: Looking Forward to the Next Decade; the Committee on Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the Best Presidential Appointments (Chair); the Committee on Ensuring the Best S & T Presidential and Advisory Committee Appointments (Chair); and the Committee on Roles of Academic Health Centers in the 21st Century (Chair). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, and, with distinction, of the University of Michigan Law School.

Dr. Stephanie S. Shipp
Science and Technology Policy Institute

Stephanie S. Shipp is a senior research staff member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute. Shipp specializes in the assessment of science and technology projects, programs, and portfolios. Her work spans topics related to innovation and competitiveness with recent emphasis on advanced manufacturing, the role of federal laboratories, and funding of high risk/high reward research. She was previously director of the Economic Assessment Office in the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Prior to that, she led economic and statistical programs at the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Federal Reserve Board. She was a member of the international advisory board for VINNOVA, Sweden's innovation agency. Recently, she led an expert panel to evaluate the Swedish Research Council's Linnaeus Grants, which provides direct government funding to research fields in order to increase Sweden's competitiveness. She served on the NRC Steering Committee for the Workshop on Future Directions for the National Science Foundation National Patterns of Research and Development Program. Shipp has a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

Dr. Gregory Tassey
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gregory Tassey is Senior Economist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His major fields of research are the economics of innovation, technology-based economic growth policies, and R&D program impact analysis. Dr. Tassey has a B.A. in physics from McDaniel College and a Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University. He has published 35 papers in policy and economics journals and written four books, the most recent being The Technology Imperative.

Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth

Jeffrey Wadsworth (NAE) is president and chief executive officer, Battelle Memorial Institute, Inc. Battelle is the world's largest non-profit research and development organization with a history of scientific discoveries in the fields of energy, security, health and life science that can be found in everyday products such as copiers, bar codes and airplane de-icers. Wadsworth worked at Stanford, Lockheed, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, joining Battelle in 2002 as part of the White House Transition Planning Office for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was then director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and subsequently headed Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations, directing laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy, DHS, and others. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. As a Board member of Achieve, Inc. and the Business Higher Education Forum, he is helping to lead national efforts to enhance science, technology, engineering and math education. His NRC experience includes service on the Materials Engineering Peer Committee and the Panel for Review of Air Force Office of Scientific Research Materials Research Proposals. He has a D.Eng. and a Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Sheffield.

Dr. David Ward
University of Wisconsin-Madison

David Ward is chancellor (interim), University of Wisconsin Madison. He has served as chancellor for two terms, as provost and vice-chancellor for Academic Affairs, and as associate dean of the Graduate School. He also held the Andrew Hill Clark professorship of geography. As chancellor, Ward oversaw a major overhaul of UW Madison's information technology infrastructure, as well as the development of a cluster-hiring program called "The Madison Initiative Investment Plan." He created the university's Technology Transfer Council, which was instrumental in the growth of University Research Park. Ward has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development and as president of the American Council on Education. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.