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Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Seminar series examines science and technology in the Pacific Century

IU informatics professor sees important cultural shift

Oct. 9, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- There is a fundamental shift under way this century as to where much of the world's basic research, development and education in science and technology is being conducted, according to David Hakken, professor of informatics in the Indiana University School of Informatics. He believes it is critically important to come to a better understanding of how scientific practice will be affected by this shift.

To that end, a dual university, cross-disciplinary series of lectures throughout the academic year will address what Hakken and other researchers believe might be an Asia-centric future for scientific research. The Science and Technology in the Pacific Century (STIP) seminar series will examine the cultures, governments and international policies of nations in East and South Asia as they gain more influence on the paradigms and values that guide scientific inquiry.

"Increasingly, leading scientific research institutions and universities will be located in China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and India, which already are among the largest funders of research," said Hakken, who is the IU co-chair of the series, which links faculty in a wide variety of relevant fields at the University of Illinois and Indiana University.

"The STIP Project aims to identify key research initiatives that will help us come to terms with these developments, including what kinds of partnerships we at IU and UI should be building with Asian institutions," explained Hakken.

Following two years of interdisciplinary exploration of issues and joint fieldwork in East Asia, an international conference is planned. The long-term goal is to build intellectual capacity, and academic cooperation and coordination on these topics.

Sessions listed will be held on the IU Bloomington campus.

Friday, Oct. 12
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
"The Development of Scientific Research in 20th Century Japan"
James Bartholomew, Ohio State University
Ballantine Hall 004

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
STIP Seminar Session
James Bartholomew and Richard Rubinger, IU East Asian Languages and Cultures
Location to be announced

Friday, Oct. 26
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
"Defining, Studying, and Measuring Scientific Innovation: Issues of Public and Private, Organizational Networks, University-Industry Connections"
David Hakken, IU Informatics, and Heidi Ross, IU Education
Location to be announced

Plans for additional seminars, which will run through April 2008, will be finalized in the coming weeks. For additional information contact David Hakken, 812-856-1869,