The Great American University
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
WELCOME and INTRODUCTION:
Robert A. Brown, a distinguished scholar of chemical
engineering and an innovative leader in higher education, became the tenth president
of Boston University in September 2005. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy
since 1994. During his tenure at Boston University, Brown has emphasized the strengthening
of undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, interdisciplinary
work, and research and scholarship across the university. He initiated an institutional
planning process that identified ten-year goals to establish Boston University as
one of the great large private research universities in the world. Before coming
to Boston University, he held a number of leadership positions at MIT. Brown is
a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences,
among other professional societies. He has served on the President’s Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology and is currently a Director of the DuPont Company
and a Trustee of the Aalto University Foundation in Finland and the Universities
Research Association. Brown is Chairman of the Academic Research Council of the
Ministry of Education of the Republic of Singapore, a key funding body for academic
research in that country, and serves on the board of Singapore’s National Research
Leslie Berlowitz is President and William T. Golden
Chair at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was elected a Fellow of
the American Academy in 2004. Berlowitz is responsible for the intellectual vision
and day-to-day management of the Academy and oversees its five research areas: science
and technology policy; global security; social policy and American institutions;
the humanities and culture; and education. During her tenure at the Academy, Berlowitz
has greatly expanded the scope and size of the Academy’s research programs, increased
the number of publications, and established new collaborative relationships with
other leading intellectual institutions through joint programming, events, and publications.
Video (8 min.)
Jonathan R. Cole is the John Mitchell Mason Professor
at Columbia University. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy since 1992.
After two years as Vice President for Arts and Sciences at Columbia, he was named
Provost in 1989 and served as Provost and Dean of Faculties from 1994 until 2003.
With Robert Merton, Harriet Zuckerman, and Stephen Cole, Cole started Columbia’s
Program in the Sociology of Science with support from the National Science Foundation.
He subsequently worked on the peer review system in the sciences. In recent years,
he has worked on issues in higher education, particularly problems facing American
research universities, and on questions of scientific and technological literacy
and intellectual property in new digital media. His book The Great American University
was published in 2010. He is a National Associate of the United States National
Academies of Science; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a member of the American
Philosophical Society. He has been honored twice by the government of Italy, as
Ufficiale in 1994 and, in 2003, as Commendatore of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica
Italiana for his work in creating the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America.
Video (60 min.)