USC and AAAS/Science convene leading innovators to discuss challenges to US preeminence
MSNBC's Chris Matthews moderates closing discussion at April 11 event in Los AngelesWashington, DC -- The University of Southern California (USC) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the journal Science, will bring together some of the world's most innovative thinkers and futurists on 11 April to raise the nation's awareness of global challenges in science and innovation. The event, held as USC and the journal Science celebrate their 125th anniversaries, addresses potential changes in America's position of global leadership in scientific and technological competitiveness and innovation.
The one-day event, Global Horizons: America's Challenge in Science and Innovation, will take place on Tuesday, 11 April, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT, at the Davidson Conference Center on USC's University Park Campus. The event will include:
- Two panel discussions:
-- Stem Cell Research: Are We Bystanders or Key Players?
-- China and India: New Challengers or Partners?
- A keynote luncheon speech by Raymond Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist, whom Bill Gates calls "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence;"
- A closing discussion moderated by Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," that will push the limits of the panel's knowledge, from the biological and social sciences to education and technology to the environment, to help reveal the answers to the questions: Where is science leading us? Where will the next great innovations come from? Who will benefit?
Other featured participants include:
An agenda is available at www.usc.edu/conference125. The event is being held in response to a broad consensus that the United States must strengthen research and ensure that Americans are able to compete in a global economy where success is tightly tied to an ability to learn, invent and adapt to new ideas.
The University of Southern California is a major center for scientific research. With a total of $420 million of funded research in 2005, it ranks among the Top 10 private research universities in the United States. USC's scientific research is spread primarily across the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; the Graduate School; the Keck School of Medicine; the Viterbi School of Engineering; the Davis School of Gerontology, and the Schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry. Located in Los Angeles and on the Pacific Rim, USC plays a particularly prominent role internationally, with more foreign students than any other American university.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and serves 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, reaching 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.
For additional information on this event or to attend, please contact Beth Olsen at Goodman Media International at 212-576-2700 x243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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