The Interface of Science and Public Policy
The Barn, Valley Falls, KS
July 13-15, 2005
At the 9th annual retreat in its series The Research Mission of Public Universities, the Merrill Center brought together 20 senior administrators and faculty from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska for formal presentations and discussions. 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.
Pictured, 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: Robert Barnhill, Steve Warren, Dick Schiefelbusch, David Shulenburger, Alan Leshner, Robert Hemenway, Mabel Rice, Barbara Atkinson, Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Jim Roberts
- Alan Leshner, C.E.O. of AAAS and Executive Publisher of Science
Kansas State University
- Lisa Freeman, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Veterinary Medicine, and Director of Mentored Training
- James A. Guikema, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Dean of the Graduate School
- M. Duane Nellis, Provost and Professor
The University of Kansas
- Barbara Atkinson, M.D., Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center
- Robert Hemenway, Ph.D., Chancellor
- Mary Lee Hummert, Associate Vice Provost for Research
- Joan Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and University Distinguished Professor
- Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost and Merrill Board member
- Mabel L. Rice, Ph.D., The Fred & Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies and Director of the Merrill Center
- Jim Roberts, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research and President, KU Center for Research
- Richard Schiefelbusch, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies and the Merrill Center, and Merrill Board member
- David E. Shulenburger, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Lawrence campus
- Steven F. Warren, Ph.D., Director, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, and Merrill Board member
- Keith Yehle, Director of Government Relations
University of Missouri
- Robert Hall, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Vice Provost for Research, Director of Compliance
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- Prem S. Paul, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
- Alan Tomkins, Director, Public Policy Center
- Robert E. Barnhill, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer, The University of Texas System, and Merrill Board member
- Robert Woody, KU Counsel in Washington, D.C.
The Barn, Valley Falls, Kansas
July 13-15, 2005
Wednesday, July 13
- Welcome by Mabel Rice, Director of the Merrill Center at KU
Thursday, July 14
Introductory Remarks – Mabel Rice
- Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Robert Barnhill
- Alan Leshner, CEO of AAAS and Executive Publisher of Science, “The Current Context for Science, Society and Public Policy”
- Discussion – Moderator, Robert Barnhill
Researcher Administrators Panel
- Jim Roberts, Vice Provost for Research, University of Kansas, "Classified Research and the Open University"
- Prem Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, "Meeting the Science Workforce Challenges in the Post 9/11 Environment"
University Researchers Panel
- Joan Hunt, Senior Associate Dean for Research, KU Medical Center, "Public Policy and Research at KUMC"
- Lisa Freeman, Associate Professor, KSU, "State and Local Plans to Leverage University Research into Economic Development"
Research Administrators Panel
- James Guikema, Associate Vice Provost for Research, KSU, "Science and Public Policy: Historically Speaking"
- Robert Hall, Associate Vice Provost for Research, UM, "Research Compliance Challenges"
Friday, July 15
Opening Remarks – Mabel Rice
Research Administrators Panel
- Alan Tomkins, Director, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, "Research and Engagement Opportunities for Applying Science to Public Policy"
- Mary Lee Hummert, Associate Vice Provost for Research, KU, "Public Policy and the Scientific Agenda: Is There a Place for Social Science?
- Barbara Atkinson, Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas Medical Center, "When Science and Politics Collide"
- Duane Nellis, Provost, KSU, "Scales of Engagement, Challenge, and Opportunities in Linking Public Policy and Research"
- David Shulenburger, Provost, KU, "The Science and Public Policy Interface: Subset of a Larger Problem"
Conference Summary and Comments – Alan Leshner
Wrap-Up – Mabel Rice
Lunch and Departure