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Posted by Feldman, Maryann P on 04/01/2017 - 16:40
Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF April 3, 2017 Dear Colleague: Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. NSF seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation. This Dear Colleague Letter describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of... [Read more]  

Posted by Maryann Feldman on 04/01/2017 - 08:51
Industrial and Corporate Change   Call for Papers for a Special Issue on:  New Developments in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems   Co-editors: Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Donald Siegel, Arizona State University Mike Wright, Imperial College Business School   Industrial and Corporate Change editor: David Teece, University of California, Berkeley   An innovation ecosystem is typically defined as the full set of agents, institutions, activities, and surrounding... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 03/31/2017 - 17:34
Scott,Thank you for your reply.  I completely misspoke about entitlements and wish to apologize for my error and correct it as follows:  R&D is funded from discretionary accounts, not entitlement accounts.  As entitlement accounts increase largely because of the aging population and transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich, discretionary spending, including R&D is endangered and can only be rectified by: 1. cutting entitlements which carries very high political risks in an aging population, 2. increasing taxes at the federal level, or 3. increasing deficit spending... [Read more]  

Posted by C. Scott Dempwolf on 03/31/2017 - 15:49
Jim,As an economic developer focused on tech transfer myself I partially agree with you but not entirely.  There are a couple things I disagree with quite strongly.  For example, "If the NNSA labs are to only do defense work, they can and should be privatized and integrated into a defense contractor or several defense contractors.  It is the other things beyond defense that these labs do that can justify their status as National Laboratories and their generally generous budgets.  In fact, roughly 50% of their budgets are work for others."  In my view there are areas of research that... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 03/31/2017 - 11:16
I think that we are getting to the root cause of the lack of attention to economic development by the NNSA labs.  I interpret what you are saying to be:1. Technology transfer is of secondary importance to mission work at the NNSA labs.  (Actually, I think that technology transfer is part of the mission and is written into the contract the lab operator has with DOE, but I will follow up on this.)2. Plutonium science is the dominant science relevant to nuclear weapons.The first of these is a Congressional issue; Congress has passed much legislation regarding this topic; perhaps DOE has... [Read more]  

Posted by Tannenbaum, Benn on 03/31/2017 - 15:01
Hang on— the mission of the labs, and especially the NNSA labs is not economic development. The mission in the case of the NNSA labs is to undertake research to support national security. Tech transfer/tech transfer/job creation is not core to their mission. The same is true for the other DOE labs. I, for one, am glad that there is no market beyond the labs for plutonium science! On Mar 30, 2017, at 6:10 PM, James Gover <jgover@KETTERING.EDU> wrote: I'd add the defining characteristics of the highly... [Read more]  

Posted by The Winnower on 03/31/2017 - 09:54
I wanted to share a recent piece I helped write about some of the things we're working on at Authorea. I think it is relevant to this list and I hope you find it interesting. Would love to have your feedback directly on the article itself or via email.  In short, it discusses how we are taking two powerful systems (LaTeX and git) and utilizing them towards a better way to write and share research. [Read more]  

Posted by Siegel, Donald on 03/31/2017 - 07:58
Dear SCISIP listerv members: I call your attention to a new journal on science and technology policy, Annals of Science and Technology Policy, edited by Al Link at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (see The inaugural issue by Bill Bonvillian is available for free. Best regards, Don Siegel [Read more]  

Posted by Feldman, Maryann P on 03/31/2017 - 13:19
Friends, I am pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Annals of Science and Technology Policy -  The first issue, “Advanced Manufacturing: A New Policy Challenge” by Bill Bonvillian (MIT), is freely available at this url.  Future issues will include: “The Roles and Impacts of Technical Standards on Economic Growth and Implications for Innovation Policy” by Greg Tassey (University of Washington) “Bureaucratization in Academic Research Policy: What... [Read more]  

Posted by Siegel, Donald on 03/31/2017 - 01:49
Zak: The outstanding book by Michael Crow and Barry Bozeman, Limited By Design, comes to mind (see ) Dr. Donald S. Siegel Professor of Management School of Business University at Albany, SUNY Google Scholar Page: [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 03/30/2017 - 16:43
The three USA nuclear weapons laboratories rank near the top of world-wide research performers, if one makes use of classical research metrics which generally exclude local economic development.  See .Also, refer to the 2016 R&D100 winners and you will see that many of the projects that are listed were performed by government-owned laboratories, particularly DOE's National Laboratories.  ... [Read more]  
Replied by John Alic on 03/31/2017 - 04:24
I’ve only skimmed & maybe missed it, but has anyone yet mentioned USDA labs? The 50+ DoD labs? After all, what, some 750 fed’l lab sites in total? Then there’s Peter Westwick’s stuff (the best on DOE, in my opinion), I believe Joan Bromberg (on Fermilab?), dozens of volumes on NASA/NACA centers, Rob’t Seidel, and as I recall in the edited volume State of Innovation (Block & Keller), which is relatively recent, some good work by sociologists looking closely at the SW. Much or most of the literature, as I recall, touches little or at all on econ. development. There’s a great... [Read more]  

Posted by Kai Larsen on 03/30/2017 - 21:39
Since we are sharing…Here is a story completely devoid of river-boats.   Boulder CO is also the home to several national labs (NOAA, NIST, NCAR, with NREL close by) and has a thriving startup community primarily in the big data area and recently attracted a larger Google campus investment on top of IBM and Oracle campuses on either side. As important as the federal labs seem to be in driving this success (see for example, a number of reports by the Leeds School),... [Read more]  

Posted by N. Peter Whitehead on 03/30/2017 - 16:32
I’d like to contribute toward Zak’s original query with a very different example from the labs in the southwest, specifically the example of Vicksburg Mississippi.  A national lab was placed there in 1929, at least a decade before the labs you have discussed in this thread so far.  The lab was for the Army Corps of Engineers to study cutting-edge flood prevention in reaction to a hurricane that destroyed New Orleans two years prior.  The lab developed very impressive and complicated physical scale models of several important waterways including Niagara Falls.  These models have since... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 03/30/2017 - 12:10
MARK,THANK  YOU FOR YOUR REPLY.  I HAVE ADDED MY COMMENTS.Benchmarking NM with neighboring states and ABQ with dissimilar cities seems pointless to me for several reasons. I DISAGREE; I THINK THERE IS  MUCH TO LEARN FROM COMPARING CITIES (NOT STATES) IN THE SOUTHWEST.The points Benn Tannenbaum raised earlier about NM not investing significantly in the broader assets for a robust innovation system (K-12, higher ed with research capacity, health care, inclusion, etc) should not be lost in this discussion. The disparity and inequality of opportunity in NM is striking.  AGAIN, THERE IS... [Read more]  

Posted by Mark Skinner on 03/30/2017 - 11:57
Benchmarking NM with neighboring states and ABQ with dissimilar cities seems pointless to me for several reasons. The points Benn Tannenbaum raised earlier about NM not investing significantly in the broader assets for a robust innovation system (K-12, higher ed with research capacity, health care, inclusion, etc) should not be lost in this discussion. The disparity and inequality of opportunity in NM is striking.I'd add the defining characteristics of the highly skilled labor in NM would suggest a community that is not the typical source of entrepreneurship and innovation-based... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 03/30/2017 - 08:54
Come on people.  Albuquerque sits in the middle of the area of the USA that has the highest economic growth, e.g., CO, TX, AZ, UT all have thriving economic ecosystems.  We are the hole in the USA doughnut of economic growth.  We are surrounded by similar states that have major cities that are creating jobs and growing salaries.  Our environment differs little from our neighbors except that the cost of housing is lower here, the weather is near perfect and our food is both interesting and unique.  It is time to stop making excuses and spinning hyperbole about minor accomplishments and... [Read more]  

Posted by Kai Larsen on 03/30/2017 - 14:31
Have to agree with Benn and Julie here. Not hard to find examples such as Austin and Albuquerque at the extremes of lists with such small sample sizes. Kahnemann provides a nice discussion of this in Thinking, Fast and Slow, showing that even for problems with significant overall numbers, the top and bottom counties/cities/areas will tend to be over-represented by extreme outliers driven by small numbers.     As the owner of some property outside of Albuquerque, I also agree with Benn’s additional points. Exactly the features that attracted Federal labs to NM are... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 03/30/2017 - 08:24
K-12@ Education: I have read articles that suggest Utah is also not particularly high-rated in K-12 education; furthermore, I am beginning to believe that state wide statistics are much less important than city statistics when it comes to economic development.  Albuquerque has several high-rated public (e.g. Cottonwood Academy was rated 63 in USA by USN&WR) and private (e.g., Albuquerque Academy sends several students each year to Ivy League Schools).  I know students who graduated from Cottonwood Academy who are excelling in the best NE colleges in the USA; however, most will not... [Read more]