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The Interface of Science and Public Policy

The Merrill Center hosted the 9th annual retreat in its series The Research Mission of Public Universities, July 13-15, 2005. Twenty senior administrators and faculty from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska heard formal presentations and then conference participants (.pdf) discussed many facets of the topic in a relaxed atmosphere. The keynote speaker, Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of AAAS and Executive Publisher of Science magazine, launched the discussion by sharing his perspective on the various elements that have a role in the intersection of science and public policy, including the changing relationship between technology and science. The lively dialogues are captured in the Merrill 2005 white paper (.pdf). Conference photo gallery.


Keynote Speaker
Alan Leshner >>
Chief Executive Officer, AAS
Executive Publisher, Science

photo of Alan Leshner
Public universities represented at this Heartland retreat:
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the Medical Center, Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Missouri


2005 group photo

standing, left to right: Keith Yehle, Mary Lee Hummert, Bob Woody, Robert Hall, Prem Paul, Duane Nellis, Lisa Freeman, Joan Hunt, Alan Tomkins, James Guikema, Stacy Betz, Sally Hayden
seated, left to right: Robert Barnhill, Steve Warren, Dick Schiefelbusch, David Shulenburger, Alan Leshner, Robert Hemenway, Mabel Rice, Barbara Atkinson, Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Jim Roberts
Titles and institutional affiliations (.pdf)

Conference photos by Earl Richardson

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