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Promoting opportunity and growth through science, technology, and innovation

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution was launched to advance an economic strategy to restore America’s promise of opportunity, prosperity, and growth, and inject new policy options from leading thinkers across the country into the national economic debate. At a forum on December 5, 2006, The Hamilton Project examined the issue of the importance of science and technology to meeting the challenges of the 21st Century and introduced proposals to enhance U.S. expertise and competitiveness in these areas.

The first panel discussed a new strategy paper exploring the importance of investments in innovation, research, and in the education of a highly skilled American workforce to fueling American growth, prosperity, and competitiveness. It also highlighted 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 explored 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. Panelists included Hamilton Project Advisory Council Members Robert E. Rubin of Citigroup and Lawrence H. Summers of Harvard University, as well as William R. Brody, President of Johns Hopkins University, Michael Capellas, Former CEO of MCI and Compaq, and Harold Varmus, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Medicine and former NIH Director, currently President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


Panel Discussion

Richard Freeman
Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Thomas Kalil
Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology
UC Berkeley

Douglas Lichtman
Professor of Law
University of California, Los Angeles

Panel Discussion

William R. Brody
President, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Capellas
Former CEO of MCI and Compaq

Robert E. Rubin
Hamilton Project Advisory Council Member
Citigroup, Inc.

Lawrence H. Summers
Hamilton Project Advisory Council Member
Harvard University

Harold Varmus
1989 Nobel Prize for Medicine Winner
Former NIH Director
President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Event Forum

The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies


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