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From Curiosity to Discovery: A Conversation with Jane Harman and Dr. France A. Córdova

Wilson Center President, Director & CEO Jane Harman will host a conversation with National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova about the future of innovation. This discussion will showcase NSF’s investments in fundamental research, its contributions to innovation and business and highlight Dr. Córdova - an astrophysicist, ground breaking female scientist, agency head, and Washington thought leader.

Date & Time

Nov. 13, 2018
9:30am – 11:00am

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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From Curiosity to Discovery: A Conversation with Jane Harman and Dr. France A. Córdova

Wilson Center President, Director & CEO Jane Harman hosted a conversation with National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova about the future of innovation. The discussion showcased NSF’s investments in fundamental research, its contributions to innovation and business and highlighted Dr. Córdova - an astrophysicist, ground breaking female scientist, agency head, and Washington thought leader.

Selected Quotes
 

Jane Harman

“Being the first and only woman is not enough, certainly not to me and I’m sure not to you. Having a critical mass of women all along the path is, I think, the major driver of dreams for little girls.”

France A. Cordova

“As fond as I am of understanding the origin of the universe, I think we arguably understand more about that now than we do about our own planet. We’re going to have to understand the changes that are happening on our planet, the reasons for them, [and] do very good, thorough observations of them, in order to know how to be resilient.”

“In today’s world, because it’s so dependent on science and technology, if you don’t appreciate it or at least know enough, it’s hard to make decisions that are very, very important…we [the National Science Foundation] inform public policy…it’s very important, to move forward as a country, that we have a good science basis for making the kind of policy decisions that are required.”

“We really need to put the focus on our own population, our own young people, and encourage more of them to go into these amazing careers…we’re discovering the real problem now is on persistence. People get into STEM, women and underrepresented minorities, but it’s sometimes hard to stay in STEM.”

“At NSF, I’m just so thrilled that our mission is about basic research. It’s also about trying to translate that research, to move it along out into the public domain.” 

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Global Women's Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative has hosted the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center since June, 2012. The Women in Public Service Project will accelerate global progress towards women’s equal participation in policy and political leadership to create more dynamic and inclusive institutions that leverage the full potential of the world’s population to change the way global solutions are forged.  Read more

Science and Technology Innovation Program

The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) brings foresight to the frontier. Our experts explore emerging technologies through vital conversations, making science policy accessible to everyone.  Read more

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