Science, Technology and Policy Forum-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Science, Technology and Policy Forum

Through lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions, the Science, Technology and Policy Forum aims to spark dynamic, campus-wide dialogue on scientific and technological innovation and their potential societal and policy impacts. Throughout the academic year, CMU will host recognized internal and external thought leaders who will expose faculty, students, and staff to ways in which research extends beyond the laboratory. The forum also gives the Pittsburgh community an opportunity to hear leading scientists, technologists, and policy experts discuss their fields, potentially promoting science and technology as a critical public good. All lectures and panels are open to the campus community and public.

Upcoming Lectures

4 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hamburg Hall 1000 (Heinz College)

Fay Lomax Cook, Assistant Director, NSF
Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate

Opportunities and Challenges in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

Cook will share her perspective on this exciting time for research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE). The SBE sciences are at the center of basic research on some of the most pressing problems facing the world today: understanding the brain, cybersecurity, risk and resilience, broadening participation, the future of work, and inequality. This talk will provide an overview of the SBE Directorate at the National Science Foundation, including the cross-directorate initiatives in which SBE is centrally involved and examples of the policy impacts of SBE-funded research. Finally, Cook will examine two sets of challenges facing SBE research: those arising from Congressional interests and those related to the the replicability of research – and how the SBE Directorate is addressing them.

Fay Cook photo

Fay Lomax Cook is Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she has headed the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) since September 2014. SBE's mission is to promote the understanding of human behavior and social institutions and ways that economic, environmental, political, and social forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age. She is on leave as a Professor at Northwestern University, where she is a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and a Professor of Human Development and Social Policy. From 1996 to Fall 2012, she directed the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between public opinion and social policy, the politics of public policy, public deliberation, energy policy, and the dynamics of public and elite support for social programs, particularly programs for older Americans such Social Security. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. For a full bio, click here.

Past Lectures

The Impact of the Internet on the News Media

4 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2016
Rangos 3, Cohon University Center (2nd floor)

Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Opportunities and Challenges in Engineering Research, Education, and Innovation

4 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015
Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director
National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Engineering

An Expanding and Expansive View of Computing

2 p.m., October 8, 2015
Connan Room, Cohon University Center

Jim Kurose, Assistant Director
National Science Foundation, Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)