Selected Readings

A selection of recent noteworthy publications in science, technology, education and innovation policy, and related areas

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copyright in the digital eraCopyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

NAS, 2013


From the Description: Copyright in the Digital Era examines a range of questions regarding copyright policy by using a variety of methods such as case studies, international and sectoral comparisons, and experiments and surveys. This report is especially critical in light of digital age developments that may, for example, change the incentive calculus for various actors in the copyright system, impact the costs of voluntary copyright transactions, pose new enforcement challenges, and change the optimal balance between copyright protection and exceptions.

new digital age webThe New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

By Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Random House, 2013


From the Publisher: Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley's great leaders, having taken Google from a small start-up to one of the world's most influential companies. Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas and a former advisor to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. With their combined knowledge and experiences, the authors are uniquely positioned to take on some of the toughest questions about our future: Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? What is the relationship between privacy and security, and how much will we have to give up to be part of the new digital age?

digital campus webThe Digital Campus 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013


From the Publisher: Digital innovators have shaken up every part of the American campus, including the admissions office, the curriculum, and scholarly publishing. But what are the biggest ideas in education technology this year, and who is driving them? In The Chronicle's 2013 Digital Campus Report, learn about the 10 top innovators of 2013, whose profiles provide a guided tour of today's most talked-about trends: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), big data, enrollment management, digital humanities, open-access publishing, flipped classrooms, and competency-based education.

pcast-nitrd2013 copy-1 webReport to the President and Congress Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology

PCAST, 2013


From the Introduction: This report assesses the status and direction of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Responsibility for assessment of the NITRD program, originally assigned to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, was transferred to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in 2005. A thorough review was last conducted in 2010. This report provides an update to the 2010 review, assessing the responses to the 2010 recommendations, the changes in the NITRD program since 2010, and the newly emerging areas within Networking and Information Technology.

The report lists 13 recommendations in the following categories:

- Initiatives and investments in NIT R&D to achieve America's Priorities and Advance Key NIT Research Frontiers,

- Improved Effectiveness of NITRD coordination, and

- Government leadership.

making scientists webMaking Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching

By Gregory Light and Marina Micari

Harvard University Press, 2013


From the Publisher: Based on their own transformative experiences, the authors Gregory Light and Marina Micari argue that environment is just as critical to academic success in the sciences as individual ability. The authors stress conceptual engagement with ideas, practical problem solving, peer mentoring, and – perhaps most important – initiation into a culture of cooperation, where students are encouraged to channel their energy into collaborative learning rather than competition with classmates.

international students webInternational Students and Scholars in the United States: Coming from Abroad

Edited By Heike C. Alberts and Helen D. Hazen

Palgrave Macmillan, 2013


From the publisher: Written by an international team of academics and experienced practitioners, this volume brings together scholarship on international academic migrants to the United States – the world's top recipient of academic talent. Topics considered include migration patterns, adaptation challenges, and the role that international students and faculty play in broader internationalization and diversity agendas within US higher education. Past understandings of "brain drain" are insufficient to understand the transnational and often multidirectional flows of academic migrants today. Instead, a more nuanced understanding of their migration patterns and decision making is essential if the opportunities presented by these cross-border flows are to be realized.

genius of earth day webThe Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation

By Adam Rome

Hill and Wang, 2013


From the Publisher: The first Earth Day is the most famous little-known event in modern American history. In The Genius of Earth Day, historian Adam Rome offers a compelling account of the rise of the environmental movement. Drawing on his experience as a journalist as well as his expertise as a scholar, he explains why the first Earth Day was so powerful, bringing one of the greatest political events of the 20th century to life.

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