House Science Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Science of Science Policy

The U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing on the ‘science of science and innovation policy’ on September 23, 2010.

Chairman Daniel Lipinski, who was trained as both a social scientist and engineer, noted in an opening statement that the “science of science policy” refers to “a field of interdisciplinary research that focuses on understanding how our policy decisions impact innovation and science and engineering research.”

Dr. Julia Lane, NSF Program Director of Science of Science and Innovation Policy, was among the witnesses who testified before the Subcommittee. Lane described  the overarching goal of the program as “conduct[ing]  basic research that creates new objective models, analytic tools, and datasets to inform our nation’s public and private sectors about the processes through which investments in science and engineering research may be transformed into scientific, social and economic outcomes.” In her testimony, Lane explained NSF’s many activities to promote research and education in the science of science and innovation policy, as well as the work of the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Task Group.

Read the testimony of Lane and other witnesses (including Albert Teich of AAAS) »