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Release: May 19, 2000

UI president to participate in national discussion of U.S. science policy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- UI President Mary Sue Coleman is one of a select group of university presidents, Nobel Laureates, the White House science advisor and national media representatives invited to participate in a discussion of major science policy issues currently facing the United States at a May 24 event in Washington D.C.

The event is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities and by the Science Coalition, whose 400-plus members include more than 60 research universities.

According to the sponsors, the purpose of the event is to have an informal, wide-ranging and candid exchange on such vital and timely questions as:

-- Does the U.S. have the right mix of public and corporate research and development to sustain our nation's high-tech economy?

-- What do we know about future directions in biotechnology and information technology research?

-- What are the implications of growing research partnerships between universities and industry?

-- Are we meeting the critical need for research integrity?

The discussion will be at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. In addition to Coleman, other university presidents participating in the event are Lee C. Bollinger, University of Michigan; Charles M. Vest, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; George Rupp, Columbia University; Joe B. Wyatt, Vanderbilt University; Robert C. Dynes, University of California, San Diego; Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Samuel H. Smith, Washington State University; also Nobel Laureates Joshua Lederberg of Rockefeller University and Robert Richardson of Cornell University; and Neal Lane, White House science advisor.