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Public Policy Seminar: Cycles of Invention and Discovery PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE

Part of the Public Policy Seminar Series
When May 05, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Seminar Room B3 Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Contact Name Dr Charlotte Sausman
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A Public Policy Seminar with:  

Professor Venkatesh Narayayanmurti (Harvard University) and Professor Toluwalogo Odumosu (University of Virginia).

"Cycles of Invention and Discovery"

Cycles of Invention and Discovery offers an in-depth look at the real-world practice of science and engineering. It shows how the standard categories of “basic” and “applied” have become a hindrance to the organization of the U.S. science and technology enterprise. Tracing the history of these problematic categories, Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Toluwalogo Odumosu document how historical views of policy makers and scientists have led to the construction of science as a pure ideal on the one hand and of engineering as a practical (and inherently less prestigious) activity on the other. Even today, this erroneous but still widespread distinction forces these two endeavors into separate silos, misdirects billions of dollars, and thwarts progress in science and engineering research.

The authors contrast this outmoded perspective with the lived experiences of researchers at major research laboratories. Using such Nobel Prize–winning examples as magnetic resonance imaging, the transistor, and the laser, they explore the daily micro-practices of research, showing how distinctions between the search for knowledge and creative problem solving break down when one pays attention to the ways in which pathbreaking research actually happens. By studying key contemporary research institutions, the authors highlight the importance of integrated research practices, contrasting these with models of research in the classic but still-influential report Science the Endless Frontier. Narayanamurti and Odumosu’s new model of the research ecosystem underscores that discovery and invention are often two sides of the same coin that moves innovation forward.

Further details at:

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674967960

Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). From 2009 to 2015, he served as the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the HKS.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.  He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities and industry including service as the Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2015.  He is the author of more than 240 papers in different areas of condensed matter, applied physics and science and technology policy. He lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, energy technology innovation, and on the management of science, technology and research universities.

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