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The Future of Our Research Universities

Stanford University Faculty Club
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Welcome: Leslie Cohen Berlowitz is President of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is former Vice President for Academic Advancement at New York University. She served as an advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She organized the recently published study ARISE: Advancing Research In Science and Engineering: Investing in Early-Career Scientists and High-Risk, High-Reward Research and created the American Academy’s Initiative for Humanities and Culture. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004. Audio | Video (7 min.)
Introduction: Paul Brest is President of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 1987 to 1999, he served as the Dean of Stanford Law School. He remains active as a teacher and legal scholar in the development of interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and is a leading theorist on the role of nonprofits in society. Co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed. 2007), Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy (Bloomberg Press, 2008), he served as law clerk to Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced with the naacp Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi, doing civil rights litigation before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1982. Audio | Video (3 min.)
Speaker: John L. Hennessy is President of Stanford University. He joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and was named the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1987. He served as director of the Computer Systems Laboratory, chair of computer science, dean of the School of Engineering, and provost prior to being inaugurated as Stanford’s 10th president in 2000. In 2005, he became the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship. He has lectured and published widely and is the co-author of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. Recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the 2000 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the 2001 ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, and a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1995 and in 2005 received the Academy’s Founders Award. Audio | Video (36 min.)

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