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Appendix D
Issue Briefs

The issue briefs presented in this appendix summarize findings and recommendations from a variety of recently published reports and papers as input to the deliberations of the Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century. The papers were provided as background information to the study committee and focus group participants.

The 13 papers, written by members of the committee’s staff, are included here only as a historical record and a useful summary of relevant reports, scientific literature, and data analysis. Statements in this brief should not be seen as the conclusions of the National Academies or the committee.

Each issue brief provides an overview of the findings and recommendations of previously released studies from the National Academies and other groups. The issue briefs cover topics relevant to the committee’s charge, including K–12 education, higher education, research policy, and national and homeland security policy.

Specifically, the topics addressed are:

  • K–12 Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

  • Attracting the Most Able US Students to Science and Engineering

  • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Implications of Changes in the Financing of Public Higher Education

  • International Students and Researchers in the United States

  • Achieving Balance and Adequacy in Federal Science and Technology Funding

  • The Productivity of Scientific and Technological Research

  • Investing in High-Risk and Breakthrough Research

  • Ensuring That the United States Is at the Forefront in Critical Fields of Science and Technology

  • Understanding Trends in Science and Technology Critical to US Prosperity

  • Ensuring That the United States Has the Best Environment for Innovation

  • Scientific Communication and Security

  • Science and Technology Issues in National and Homeland Security



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Appendix D Issue Briefs The issue briefs presented in this appendix summarize findings and rec- ommendations from a variety of recently published reports and papers as input to the deliberations of the Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century. The papers were provided as background information to the study committee and focus group participants. The 13 papers, written by members of the committee’s staff, are included here only as a historical record and a useful summary of relevant reports, scientific literature, and data analysis. Statements in this brief should not be seen as the conclusions of the National Academies or the committee. Each issue brief provides an overview of the findings and recommenda- tions of previously released studies from the National Academies and other groups. The issue briefs cover topics relevant to the committee’s charge, including K–12 education, higher education, research policy, and national and homeland security policy. Specifically, the topics addressed are: • K–12 Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education • Attracting the Most Able US Students to Science and Engineering • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics • Implications of Changes in the Financing of Public Higher Education • International Students and Researchers in the United States • Achieving Balance and Adequacy in Federal Science and Technol- ogy Funding • The Productivity of Scientific and Technological Research • Investing in High-Risk and Breakthrough Research • Ensuring That the United States Is at the Forefront in Critical Fields of Science and Technology • Understanding Trends in Science and Technology Critical to US Prosperity • Ensuring That the United States Has the Best Environment for Innovation • Scientific Communication and Security • Science and Technology Issues in National and Homeland Security 301

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