National Science Board to Release and Discuss Science and Engineering Indicators 2008
Jan. 15, 2008, 10 a.m. on Capitol Hill; 2 p.m. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Members of the National Science Board will rollout Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, the Board's biennial report on the state of science and engineering research and education in the United States, first at 10 a.m. on Jan. 15, in the House Science and Technology Committee Hearing Room. At 2 p.m. Board members will participate in a program focused on the Indicators' picture of Industry at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Every two years, the Board presents its report to the president and Congress. Called the "gold standard," it is the most comprehensive source of information on research and development conducted by universities, industry, the federal government and the international science and engineering enterprise. This will be the earliest release date for any issue of the Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) series.
Both presentations will focus on data in Indicators 2008 and the Board's conclusions contained in its companion piece, Research and Development: Essential Foundation for U.S. Competitiveness in a Global Economy. The companion piece focuses on the important role of research and development and basic research supported by industry and the federal government in sustaining U. S. global competitiveness in high technology industries. The Board will also introduce its new publication, Digest of Key Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, containing a selected set of important indicators to be electronically linked with detailed data tables and discussions in the main volumes of SEI.
Reporters unable to attend in person may visit http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/indicators to access a PDF version of Science and Engineering 2008 after 10 a.m. on Jan. 15, and/or contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to schedule interviews with presenters, Board members, and other NSF officials. Embargoed copies of the Digest are available on request.
The confluence of a range of indicators raises important questions about future U.S. high technology industry's competitiveness in international markets and implications for highly skilled jobs at home. The importance of understanding the implications of these indicators underscores the need for new metrics to guide federal government investment strategies for research and development in these key areas.
SEI is prepared by NSF's Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) on behalf of the National Science Board. It is subject to extensive review by outside experts, interested federal agencies, Board members and SRS internal reviewers for accuracy, coverage and balance.
To review Science and Engineering Indicators 2006, visit http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind06/.
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