April 8, 2002
Chancellor Greenwood addresses Washington policy colloquium
By Nisha Narayanan, AAAS
In the aftermath of September 11, the science and technology community will be
expected to contribute to new counterterrorism efforts. Some of these programs may
face new restrictions in access to information or to laboratory procedures. On Thursday,
April 11, Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood will address the consequences of such a trend
during the 27th Annual Colloquium for Science and Technology Policy in Washington,
At the April 11 event, which is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS), Greenwood will present the 2002 William D. Carey Lecture, "Risky
Business: Research Universities in the Post-9/11 Era." She will ask her audience
to consider the balance between the free flow of scientific ideas and results, and
the risks associated with restrictions that may be implemented.
|Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood Photo: UCSC Photo Services
Greenwood notes that science has been the driver of most of recent economic growth,
and that its integrity must be protected in the midst of trends that risk transforming
the system that has produced such high-quality research.
"As a Carey Lecturer, I feel a great honor and an awesome responsibility in
being given the privilege to present some challenges and suggest some ideas for ways
in which science and technology, and their intersection with national policy, can
become more important than ever in the quest for peace, security, and justice,"
Chancellor Greenwood, a visionary and role model for the next generation of great
leaders in science policy, has spent a career encouraging women scientists to succeed,
and inspiring students to excel in math and science. Greenwood, a past president
of the AAAS, was recently named to the Committee on Science and Technology for Countering
Terrorism, a group formed by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy
of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.
Her research interests in developmental cell biology, genetics, physiology, and
science education qualify her to contribute to the discussion of how the world's
scientific and technical resources can best be used to combat terrorism.
Greenwood served as associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology
Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from November
1993 to May 1995, where she played an integral role by supervising the Science Division,
providing direction on programs, and developing a budget for the multibillion-dollar
fundamental science national effort.
The William D. Carey Lecture was established in honor of Bill Carey upon his retirement
as the executive officer of AAAS. The Lectureship recognizes individuals who in their
own way demonstrate and epitomize Carey's leadership in communicating the relationship
between public policy issues and science and technology. More information about the
Lecture and the Colloquium is available online.
Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) works
to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs, and publications
in the areas of science policy, science education, and international scientific cooperation.
With over 134,000 members from 130 countries and 273 affiliated societies comprising
more than 10 million members, AAAS is the world's largest federation of scientists.
The association also publishes Science, an editorially independent, multidisciplinary,
weekly peer-reviewed journal that ranks as the world's most prestigious scientific
journal, and administers EurekAlert!, the
online news service featuring the latest discoveries in science and technology.
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