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Is America Losing Its Miracle Machine?

MIT 3-270

Thursday • November 8

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33 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

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For much for the twentieth century, America was a powerhouse of innovation, with robust federal funding of basic research leading to scientific breakthroughs ranging from the Internet to the Human Genome Project. Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute and the co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Barack Obama, believes the country’s status as a global hub of invention and discovery is under threat because of shifting funding priorities. Dr. Lander joins Maria Zuber, MIT Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, to discuss the issues entangled in the future of federal basic research funding. MIT Communications Forum director Seth Mnookin will moderate.


Dr. Eric Lander is the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. A geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician, he has played a pioneering role in the reading, understanding, and biomedical application of the human genome and was a principal leader of the Human Genome Project.

Dr. Maria Zuber is the MIT Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics. Dr. Zuber was principal investigator for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), the first woman to lead a NASA spacecraft mission, and the first woman to lead a science department at MIT. In her role as Vice President for Research, Dr. Zuber oversees research administration and policy for more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers.

Moderator: Seth Mnookin is the director of the MIT Communications Forum and director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the “Science in Society” award from the National Association of Science Writers.

All Communications Forum events are free and open to the general public.

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