Science Without Borders
The increasing complexity of problems facing our nation as well as our planet offers immense challenges for coordinated, innovative problem-solving. So many important decisions on national security, education, health, sustainability of the planet, and the exploration of the universe depend on new-found knowledge gained by scientists and engineers. Expectations that science and technology will rise to these challenges are widely expected.
Many of these problems require an approach across several disciplines and areas of technical expertise. A diverse work force will also be necessary so that maximal talent and different approaches can be utilized. To train such a work force successfully presents the challenge of attracting talent from a range of backgrounds and transmitting content while maintaining relevance.
The theme — Science Without Borders — integrates the practice of science, both in research and teaching, that utilizes multidisciplinary approaches. It also takes into consideration the diversity of investigators and students.
The program will highlight science and teaching that cross conventional borders or break out from silos as well as ground-breaking areas of research, new and exciting developments, and cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology, and education. Sessions will feature strong scientific content to illustrate the interface of different disciplines and will exemplify a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.
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