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Making America More Competitive, Innovative, and Healthy

House of the Academy
Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Charles M. Vest is President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was previously professor, dean of engineering, provost, and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. As president of MIT from 1990 to 2004, he was active in science, technology, and innovation policy; building partnerships among academia, government and industry; and championing the importance of open, global scientific communication, travel, and sharing of intellectual resources. During his tenure, MIT co-founded the Alliance for Global Sustainability and established major new institutes in neuroscience and genomic medicine. Vest has served on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy. His publications include a book on holographic interferometry and two books on higher education. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. Audio | Video (17 min.)
Cherry A. Murray is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where she also holds the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professorship of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is Professor of Physics. Previously, she served as principal associate director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Before joining Lawrence Livermore in 2004, Murray was senior vice president for physical sciences and wireless research at Bell Laboratories. Murray is well-known for her scientific accomplishments using light scattering, an experimental technique where photons are fired at a target of interest. She has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds two patents in near-field optical data storage and optical display technology. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. In 2009 she served as president of the American Physical Society. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Murray as a Member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. Audio | Video (30 min.)
Harvey V. Fineberg is President of the Institute of Medicine. He served as Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following thirteen years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. His research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations. Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He also served as chairman of the Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health Services Research and as president of the Association of Schools of Public Health. He co-authored or co-edited several books including Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education, and The Swine Flu Affair. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. Audio | Video (12 min.)

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