Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan was sworn in as Director of National Science Foundation (NSF) on 2 July 2020. He was previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University and is a former Chair of APLU’s Council on Research (COR). APLU released a statement applauding his confirmation. Panch will speak about his major priorities as NSF’s 15th director, sharing his vision for his six-year term and promising a continued push for inclusiveness in science and engineering. Check out the session recording here.
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Advancing Innovation Through International Engagement
International engagement is a hallmark of a successful, 21st-century economy. Higher education and research are critical components of that engagement. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated areas of stress as well as opportunities for international engagement. The United States is focused on taking actions to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment on issues such as ensuring rigor and integrity; strengthening the security of America’s science and technology research enterprise; and fostering safe, inclusive, and equitable research environments. How do these actions align with the priorities of international research-intensive universities? What are the current challenges and opportunities facing leading research universities around the world?
Challenging Universities and Funders to Increase Diversity in Research
Explore how universities and research funding agencies can create more equitable research programs and grant opportunities to increase African American and Hispanic doctoral students in science and engineering. What is the role of chief research officers in creating more equitable research programs? What is the role universities have in successfully graduating African-American and Hispanic students who go on to earn Ph.D.s in science and engineering? What is the role of federal funding agencies on this issue? What practices can we implement to better mentor black and Hispanic STEM students? This session will explore these questions and showcase some of the best examples of meaningful partnerships between universities.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 APLU Annual Meeting COR sessions!