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De Lange VIII: Global Problems and Multidisciplinary Initiatives: Observations from Stanford University

February 28, 2012 by Burton J. McMurtry

De Lange Conference

The Future of the Research University in a Global Age

February 27-28, 2012

Session I, moderated by Neal Lane, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University and past director, National Science Foundation, White House Science Advisor to President Clinton

Speaker: Burton J. McMurtry, Emeritus Trustee, Rice University and Stanford University; Founding Partner, Technology Venture Investors and Institutional Venture Associates

Abstract

In the early 2000s president John Hennessy and provost John Etchemendy led an effort to get Stanford focused on some of the world's really big problems. Attempting to solve these problems requires expertise from many fields. Stanford launched a series of multidisciplinary initiatives focused on: human health, environment and energy, international relations, K-12 education and arts. This talk will make some observations about that process. It does not attempt to be a detailed analysis, but it will hopefully be enlightening to those contemplating similar initiatives.

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