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Jan. 20, 2006

UI Faculty Taking Part In India Symposium On Innovation, Technology

Five University of Iowa faculty members are taking part this week in the "Indo-U.S. Symposium on the Culture of Innovation in Science and Technology in India: Opportunities Seized and Opportunities Lost" at the University of Hyderabad's Gachibowli campus in India.

The symposium, which began Thursday, Jan. 19 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 21, was organized by Professor E. Haribabu of the University of Hyderabad's Department of Sociology, and Paul Greenough, a professor in the UI's Department of History and Global Health Studies Program. The symposium follows the signing in 2005 of a Memo of Understanding between the two universities, a gesture that encourages greater collaboration between the schools.

"The symposium is focused on the innovative potential of the Indian science and technology community, especially in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, aerospace engineering, space research, agriculture and medicine," Greenough said. "Panelists will discuss challenges involved in translating ideas and inventions into useful products. By drawing on theoretical and historical insights as well as concrete case studies, the symposium will identify the elements -- values, attitudes and novel organizational forms -- that are needed for innovation. The symposium is the beginning of a collaboration to address the larger question of science and technology in the Indian context."

The symposium is supported by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, AstraZeneca Research Foundation of India and the two universities. Many well-known scientists, technologists, social scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers are participating in deliberations on the challenges to innovation in science and technology within the Indian context.

In addition to Greenough, four other UI faculty members are participating in the program: Daniel McGehee, director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Division; Michael Lovaglia, professor in and chair of the UI Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Lisa Troyer, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology; and S. Ramaswamy, UI professor of biochemistry.

Also taking part in the symposium are Usha Balakrishna, executive director of MIHR-USA, whose U.S. headquarters are in Iowa City; two other social scientists from the United States; three social scientists from the Netherlands; one from England; one from Germany; and 40 scientists and social scientists from India.

UI International Programs is a sponsor of the symposium.

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