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Science, Energy, and the Environment

Sunday, October 11, 2009, Cambridge, MA
1947th Stated Meeting and Harvey Brooks Lecture

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Harvey Brooks Lecture (29 min.)
Science and Technology Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the Obama Administration
Introduction
Neal Lane is Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University. He also holds appointments as Senior Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he is engaged in matters of science and technology policy, and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He served in the federal government as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from August 1998 to January 2001, and as Director of the National Science Foundation and member (ex officio) of the National Science Board from October 1993 to August 1998. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and serves as a member of the Academy’s Council. He cochairs the Academy’s Initiative for Science, Engineering, and Technology.
Speaker
John P. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Trained in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics at MIT and Stanford, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and a former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to joining the Obama administration, he was a Professor at both the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, as well as Director of the Woods Hole Research Center. From 1973 to 1996, he was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded and co-led the interdisciplinary graduate-degree program in energy and resources. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1983.
On the Future of Energy
Moderator
Richard A. Meserve became President of the Carnegie Institution for Science in 2003. He is former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was a Partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Covington & Burling LLP and now serves as Senior of Counsel. Earlier in his career, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and as legal counsel to the President’s Science Adviser. He has served on and chaired numerous legal and scientific committees, including many convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Among other activities, he is a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and serves as a member of the Academy’s Council and Trust. He also serves on the advisory committee of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative. (7 min.)
Speakers
Steven E. Koonin is Under Secretary for Science at the United States Department of Energy. He was previously Chief Scientist for BP, plc, where he was responsible for guiding the company’s long-range technology strategy, particularly in alternative and renewable energy sources. He joined BP in 2004 following a twenty-nine-year career at the California Institute of Technology as a Professor of Theoretical Physics, including a nine-year term as Provost. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and its various national laboratories. His research interests have included theoretical and computational physics, as well as global environmental science. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. (12 min.)
John W. Rowe is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exelon Corporation, a utility holding company headquartered in Chicago. He is the senior chief executive in the utility industry, having served in such positions since 1984. He has led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. He previously held Chief Executive Officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as General Counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a Partner at the law firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale. He serves on the board and executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and is the past Chairman of NEI and the Edison Electric Institute. He is also Cochairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy, an industry and environmental organization dealing with climate change. He is a member of the boards of directors of Sunoco and the Northern Trust Company. In both 2008 and 2009, Institutional Investor named Rowe the best electric utilities CEO in America. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and serves on the advisory committee of the Academy’s Global Nuclear Future Initiative. (12 min.)
Paul L. Joskow became President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on January 1, 2008. He is presently on leave from his position as Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been on the MIT faculty since 1972 and served as Head of the MIT Department of Economics from 1994 to 1998. He was Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research from 1999 through 2007. At MIT he has been engaged in teaching and research in the areas of industrial organization, energy and environmental economics, competition policy, and government regulation of industry. He is a Director of Exelon Corporation, a Director of TransCanada Corporation, and a Trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. He is also a Trustee of Yale University and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991. (14 min.)
John Doerr is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Together with the firm’s partners, he has backed many of America’s accomplished entrepreneurial leaders, including the founders of Google, Amazon, Intuit, Sun, Compaq, Cypress, Macromedia, and Symantec. A techie and inventor, holding patents for computer memory devices, he joined a small chipmaker, Intel, in 1974, just as the company invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. He joined KPCB in 1980 and started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first broadband cable Internet service. He is backing social and policy entrepreneurs at The Alliance for Climate Protection, EdVoice.org, the Grameen Foundation USA, Bono’s DATA.org, the Aspen Institute, and FIRST Robotics. He is a Cofounder of NewSchools.org and of TechNet.org. He helped advocate for the creation of the BARDA program to strengthen national preparedness against pandemic flu, and has led a delegation of entrepreneurs to advocate passage of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. (10 min.)

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