Science and Technology

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.

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Jane Harman

Artificial Intelligence Lab

The Need

Artificial Intelligence issues occupy a growing share of the Congressional agenda; every day, staff advise Members on policy pertaining to the transformative set of technologies collectively known as artificial intelligence. It is critically important that both lawmakers and aides be well-versed in the complex subjects at hand.

What the Lab Offers

One Health in the 21st Century

The One Health in the 21st Century Workshop will serve as a snapshot of government, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organization innovation as it pertains to the expanding paradigm of One Health. One Health is an umbrella term for a paradigm to health care that considers animal, human, and environmental health issues as inextricably linked, each informing the other, rather than as distinct disciplines.

Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science

Citizen science and crowdsourcing are at an exciting time, growing in new directions from the smallest local projects to those that stretch globally and beyond. Our projects can vary in scope and scale, and are conducted at all levels of society: local, regional, national, and global. Bringing together leaders from government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector, this event will probe questions including: How do projects and practices successfully widen their scope or transfer to new locations?  How do projects at different scales interact and share resources?

Tapping into Tech: How one organization is connecting returned Mexicans and migrants in Mexico to jobs in the tech industry

Between 2009 and 2014, approximately 1 million Mexicans returned to Mexico, through voluntary or involuntary means. For many, this return brings many challenges for integrating back into the Mexican labor force, new communities, and a new way of life. Returnees face cultural shocks, language barriers, discrimination, and employment and education hurdles such as improper documentation and inability to transfer educational credits.

Can the Indo-Pacific Open Doors for Taiwan?

Beijing’s campaign to squeeze Taiwan’s international space has shown no signs of letting down, and has actually been intensifying this year. The pressure has been particularly relentless on the economic front. A slew of Latin American nations have opted to pursue diplomatic relations with the PRC rather than the ROC, ostensibly for economic gain, while multinational corporations have been confronted with Beijing’s pressure to label Taiwan as part of the PRC.

Cooperation in Space Part 2: The View from Canada

In Part 2 of this Wilson Center NOW series on space exploration, we examine Canada’s close cooperation with past, present, and future NASA missions. Our guest, Sylvain Laporte, President of the Canadian Space Agency, discusses the critical role Canadian personnel and technology are playing in NASA’s ambitious goals of returning to the Moon and moving on to Mars. He also describes Canada’s support for and approach to its space program and its role in international cooperation.