Press Release

White House Requests ARISE II Briefing from Academy


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The American Academy will brief the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on the Academy’s ARISE II project as background for a potential PCAST study on the future of the U.S. science and technology research enterprise. Academy Fellows and PCAST co-chairs John Holdren (Presidential Science Advisor) and Eric Lander (Broad Institute) made the request.

The Academy’s study on Advancing Research in Science and Engineering (ARISE II) is exploring ways universities, industry, and the government can work together more effectively to advance U.S. research. The ARISE II committee’s recommendations will focus on new models of collaboration and how funding will need to change to support these novel partnerships. ARISE II Co-chairs Keith Yamamoto (University of California, San Francisco) and Venky Narayanamurti (Harvard University) will brief PCAST members this month.

PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people. PCAST is administered by the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy; global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy’s work is advanced by its 4,300 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs from around the world.

Click here to view the PCAST briefing by Keith Yamamoto and Venky Narayanamurti.