Science and Education Policy Issues to Be Discussed March 21

Posted: March 12, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kathie Olsen, associate director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy–an advisory group to the White House, will visit George Mason Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in Harris Theatre to present “Science and Education Policy Issues in Today’s World.” The talk will focus on the relation between national needs and university research and education. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the talk.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion at 11 a.m. moderated by President Alan Merten, in which Olsen will address federal needs and funding questions raised by the panel. The panel will include Christopher Hill, vice president for research; Eugene Huang, deputy secretary of technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia; Olsen; and Sudhakar Shenoy, a member of the George Mason Board of Visitors.

Olsen, who was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s chief scientist and a senior staff associate at the National Science Foundation, has a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University of California at Irvine.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend, and it is suggested that instructional faculty in science-, technology-, and policy-related courses allow class credit for papers related to the presentations and discussions.

The event is sponsored by the School of Computational Sciences and the Office of the President. For more information, contact Menas Kafatos at (703) 993-1990.

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