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Experts at AAAS Forum Urge U.S. to Renew Its Commitment to S&T Innovation
Since writing a well-regarded report in 2002 on the looming shortage in America’s science and technology workforce, Shirley Ann Jackson has spoken often about what she calls the “quiet crisis” threatening the nation’s capacity to keep its technological edge.
Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and the former president and chair of AAAS, finds herself in good company these days, with numerous reports on the perceived threats to America’s preeminence in science and technology and more than a dozen bills introduced in Congress designed to improve the nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.
While emerging economic giants such as India and China poses a challenge to the United States, Jackson told a session of the 31st annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy that it is to our advantage for other nations do well in raising expectations and hope among their people.
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