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Dr. Jackson to Testify at U.S. House Science Committee Hearing, be Interviewed on MSNBC-TV on February 6

Beginning at 9:30am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson is scheduled to testify at a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, on the topic of the role of scientific research and development in American competitiveness.

All members of the campus community are invited to watch the hearing, webstreamed live, on Wednesday, February 6, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

According to the House Science Committee, the purpose of the hearing is "to examine the status of and outlook for America's science and technology enterprise, examining the impact of research and development (R&D) on the lives of the American people and looking ahead to potential breakthrough innovations for the future. Witnesses will discuss the historical context for American R&D, how it is divided between public and private investments, where the U.S. ranks globally on innovation and investment, and what the future may hold for American innovation."

Witnesses

  • Mr. Richard Templeton, President and CEO, Texas Instruments
  • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dr. Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering

Following her Congressional testimony, President Jackson will be a guest on the MSNBC-TV Andrea Mitchell Reports program, which airs from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Dr. Jackson is scheduled to be interviewed at approximately 1:30pm.

President Jackson often speaks of the need to build a broader understanding that scientific discovery and technological innovation drive our economy, and create and sustain jobs. Scientific discovery and technological innovation are essential to address the key global challenges -- and corresponding opportunities -- of our time: energy security, water security, food security, health security, national security, and the interlinked issues of climate change and resource allocation.

Noting that the outcome of the current federal budget debate will directly affect scientific research, in a recent essay published on-line in the Washington Post Innovations section (Sunday, January 20, 2013) titled "Invest in What is Next," President Jackson warns that "looming, deep federal cuts in scientific research and development funding could do significant damage. These cuts stand to dramatically slow the pace of economic growth in the U.S., undermine our national security, hinder our competitiveness, and reverse any recent gains we have made in developing the human capital -- the young scientists and engineers -- so essential for innovation." And she urges the Congress to sustain investments in scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Please feel free to read Dr. Jackson's essay.