PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE OF ADVISORS
ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
FOURTEENTH PLENARY SESSION
SENATE RUSSELL OFFICE BUILDING
PLENARY SESSION – 2:00 PM – 5:45 PM
PCAST Members: John A. Young (Co-Chair); Neal Lane (Co-Chair);Francisco J. Ayala; John Deutch; Murray Gell-Mann; David Hamburg;John P. Holdren; Diana MacArthur; Shirley M. Malcom; Mario J. Molina; SallyK Ride; Charles Sanders, Charles M. Vest; Virginia V. Weldon; Lillian Shiao-YenWu.
Staff: Arthur Bienenstock; Rosina Bierbaum; Kerri-Ann Jones; DuncanMoore;
Public Attendance: Approximately 50 members of the public, includingthe press, were present.
John Young, PCAST Co-Chair, opened the meeting at 2:10 PM September17.
Perspective from the House of Representatives
Representative Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) discussed the forthcoming reporton the Nation's Science Policy Report. It is due to be released nearthe end of September.
Representative George E. Brown, Jr. (D-CA) next presented his viewson S&T budget considerations and planning for the future.
PCAST members discussed current legislative proposals, the future S&T,and growth of the enterprise.
Perspective from the Senate
Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) offered remarks about legislation he introducedwith Senator Rockefeller, S-2217, the Federal Research Investment Act. After brief questions and comments from PCAST members, Senator John D.Rockefeller, IV, (D-WVA) provided comments on the legislation and viewson the strength of the S&T enterprise. PCAST discussion followed.
State and Local Perspective on S&T – Making Partnerships Work
Gary Bachula, Acting Under Secretary, Technology Administration, U.S.Department of Commerce addressed the PCAST on ways to improve State/FederalPartnerships. He spoke about the U.S. Innovation Partnership. Copies of overheads are part of the written record of the meeting.
Former Governor Richard Thornburgh, Co-Chair State and Science and TechnologyInstitute (SSTI), spoke about State Federal partnerships and a survey ofStates' R&D expenditures SSTI is about the release. Copies ofthe draft report are part of the written record in this meeting.
A panel of practitioners next presented examples of State Federal partnershipsand critiqued them with a view to developing successful State/Federal relationships.
Panel Members included Delbert J. Schuh, II, President, Indiana BusinessModernization and Technology Corporation; Dr. Carolyn Sales, President,Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology; Edward O'Connor,Jr., Executive Director, Spaceport Florida Authority.
Copies of panelists' overheads are part of the written record of themeeting
Report on the National Academy of Science (NAS) Study of S&T inthe Department of State: “Science Technology, and Health Issues andU.S. Foreign Policy-
Dr. Robert Frosch, NAS Study Chairman (Senior Research Fellow, JohnF. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) discussed the InterimReport of the NAS study groups and the findings and recommendation to datereleased earlier in September. The study group will continue its work toproduce in final report.
PCAST Study of International Cooperation in Energy R&D
Dr. John Holdren, PCAST member and study Panel Chair discussed the PCASTInternational Cooperation in Energy R&D study that has just begun. President Clinton asked Dr. Lane to work with the National Science andTechnology Council agencies, industry, universities other organizations,and with PCAST to review the international energy R&D portfolio. Dr. Lane, in turn, called on PCAST and Dr. Holdren to conduct the studythat Dr. Holdren outlined in his discussion.
Dr. holdren's overheads are part of the written record of the meeting.
The following persons provided public comment:
Robert I. Stern, Consultant in Technology Management, Washington, DC
David Z. Beckler, Fairfax, VA
Neal Lane, adjourned the meeting at 5:43 PM
Minutes submitted by:
Joan P. Porter
John A. Young
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