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“The data begin to tell a worrisome story,” said Kei Koizumi, assistant director for federal research and development (R&D)in the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Calling SEI 2010 a “State of the Union on science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he noted that quot;U.S. dominance has eroded significantly…”
Over the past decade, R&D intensity–how much of a country’s economic activity or gross domestic product is expended on R&D–has grown considerably in Asia, while remaining steady in the U.S. Annual growth of R&D expenditures in the U.S. averaged 5 to 6 percent while in Asia, it has skyrocketed. In some Asian countries, R&D growth rate is two, three, even four, times that of the U.S…
NSB SEI 2010 Committee Member Jose-Marie Griffiths discussed another key indicator: intellectual research outputs. “While the U.S. continues to lead the world in research publications, China has become the second most prolific contributor.” China’s rapidly developing science base now produces 8 percent of the world’s research publications, up from its just 2 percent of the world’s share in 1995, when it ranked 14th…
The Digest contains these and other key indicators, such as the globalization of capability; funding, performance and portfolio of U.S. R&D trends; and the composition of the U.S. S&E workforce. What’s more, the Digest is electronically linked with detailed data tables and discussions in the main volumes of SEI. It can also be downloaded to laptops, iPods or other devices. “This makes the data much more accessible and digestable to policymakers, as well as to members of the general public who may wish to read about and understand the data that describe the state of their economy,” said Lanzerotti.
Arden Bement characterized this year’s report as a guide to the future. “It is not just where we stand; it’s about where we’re heading,” he said, quoting 19th century British scientist Lord Kelvin, “‘If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.’”
You might hope that after 8 years of prayer and pap from the lobbyists’ White House, Americans might be encouraged to fight for change. Or have they decided to follow the usual do-nothing ethic – leaving it in the smelly hands of Congress? Twelve months of the White House correcting executive orders is about all Obama can do – with no backup.