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Introduction and Welcome

Stated Meeting, Mountain View, CA

THE PUBLIC GOOD - The Impact of Information Technology on Society

February 28—March 1, 2009

Introduction and Welcome (Location: Computer History Museum)  Audio | Video (16 min.)

Speakers: Emilio Bizzi is President of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Institute Professor and Investigator at the McGovern Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1969. He is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on movement control and the neural substrate for motor learning. He has published book chapters, abstracts, and over 165 articles in refereed journals. A Trustee of the Neurosciences Research Foundation, a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for NYU’s Center for Neural Science, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and many others, he is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, and a member of the Harvard University Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Recipient of the President of Italy’s Gold Medal for Scientific Contributions, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1980.
Jesse H. Choper, Vice President of the Western Region of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, is the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. He has been on the faculty of the law school since 1965 and served as Dean from 1982–1992. In 1998 he received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a member of the American Law Institute. His publications include Judicial Review and the National Political Process: A Functional Reconsideration of the Role of the Supreme Court (1980), which received the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award in 1982; Securing Religious Liberty: Principles for Judicial Interpretation of the Religion Clauses (1995); The Supreme Court and Its Justices (1987); Constitutional Law casebooks; and Corporations casebooks. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1983.
Leslie Berlowitz is Chief Executive Officer and William T. Golden Chair at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is former Vice President for Academic Advancement and former Deputy Vice President for Academic Affairs at New York University. She has served as an advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation of Yaddo, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her publications include America in Theory (with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand, 1988); Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture (with Rick Beard, 1993); and Restoring Trust in American Business (with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke, 2005). She contributed a chapter to Letters to the Next President: Strengthening America’s Foundation in Higher Education (2008) and organized the recently published study, ARISE: Advancing Research In Science and Engineering: Investing in Early-Career Scientists and High-Risk, High-Reward Research. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004.
C. Gordon Bell is a Principal Researcher in Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research Center. Formerly Vice President of Research and Development at Digital Equipment Corporation, he was the architect of various computers and led the development of DEC’s vax. He was the first Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation’s Computing Directorate and in 1987 led the Information (Internet) Superhighway initiative. He has helped start over a hundred companies. At Microsoft he has focused on MyLifeBits, the recording of everything in a person’s life to reduce clutter, aid memory, and provide a digital immortality. Honored with the IEEE Von Neumann Medal and the 1991 National Medal of Technology, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the ACM, and the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. Founding board member and Fellow of the Computer History Museum, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1994.

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