ad hoc Committee for the Vannevar Bush Award


Charge


The significance of science and technology in the global context has grown dramatically and both private sector and government cooperation in international science and engineering have assumed a more prominent role. The complex and systemic biological, economic, and ecological problems of the 21st Century will demand more information, more participation by the scientific communities of all nations, and more cooperation between these communities and political decision-makers.

Within its Strategic Plan (NSB-98-215) the National Science Board has identified the global context of science and engineering as a topic of major importance. The Plan expressed the need for a fresh assessment of the roles and needs of science and engineering in the international arena and for a coherent strategy that supports a productive relationship between scientific and foreign policy objectives.

The NSB Task Force on International Issues will undertake two tasks.

1. With respect to science and technology in the international context, the task force will:

  • Review the role and contributions of science and engineering research and education in both highly developed and developing countries and examine the Federal institutional framework of policies and agency relations that support fundamental research and education in the international setting;
  • Assess the experience of other nations with respect to key issues in science and engineering, research and education; and
  • Develop recommendations for enhancing the Federal institutional framework of policies, agency relations, and international cooperation.

2. With respect to the NSF role in international science and engineering research and education, the task force will:

  • Review the NSF role in fostering international cooperation in fundamental science and engineering research and education and in their coordination with foreign policy; and
  • Develop recommendations for an effective leadership role for NSF in international science and engineering in the 21st century.

In conducting its work, the task force will consult widely with other agencies and organizations and with science and technology officials of other countries.

Committee Members


Members:   Dr. Diana Natalicio
Dr. John A. Armstrong
Dr. Pamela Ferguson
Dr. Mary K. Gaillard
Dr. Stanley Jaskolski
Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Dr. Luis Sequeira
 
Director, Office of Polar Programs: Dr. Karl Erb
Executive Secretary: Dr. Alan Rapoport