Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Science and Technology Policy II
The Kerry View

About the talk:

The Science and Technology policies embraced by the winner of the upcoming election will impact everyone.

There are significant, substantive differences between the Science and Technology policies championed by the Bush administration and those that would be implemented by a Kerry administration. In an election campaign given to campaign rhetoric, talking points, four-word sound bytes, and spin, many of the real issues of particular interest to scientists and engineers (and others) have gotten lost.

To explore the issues, we have invited two highly qualified speakers to describe the Science and Technology policies we might expect following the election: one from the Bush point of view, and the other from the Kerry point of view. The speakers are not surrogates for the candidates, but they do have intimate personal knowledge of the policy issues and can compare and contrast positions.

E. Floyd Kvamme, emeritus Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Buyers partner, spoke on October 20, 2004. His talk is available archived on the web. He has been an advisor to the Bush Administration.

Burton Richter, Professor of Physical Sciences at Stanford and director emeritus of SLAC, will speak on October 27, 2004. He has been an advisor to the Kerry campaign. His biography appears below.

The talks will be broadcast over SITN, the Stanford Instructional Television Network, webcast live, and archived for delayed viewing. Access to the talks is free from either or

We have been collecting a list of resources for these two talks. Your additions to the list are welcome (details on the resource page).

About the speaker:

Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Stanford University
Director Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Burton Richter was born in 1931 in New York. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He began as a post doc at Stanford University in 1956, became a professor in 1967, and was Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center from 1984 through 1999. His research has centered on experimental particle physics with high-energy electrons and electron- positron colliding beams.

Richter received the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) and the E. O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy (1976). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of The American Physical Society (President, 1994). He was President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1999-2002).

He has served on many advisory committees to governments, laboratories and universities. He currently is a member of the Department of Energy’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Laboratory Operations Board, Nuclear Energy Task Force, and chairs the Transmutation Subcommittee of the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee. He is a member of the French Commissaire a l‘Energie Atomique (CEA) Visiting Group. He is also a member of the Jason Group, and chairs the National Research Council’s Board on Physics and Astronomy.

He is interested in industry and its use of science and technology and has been a member of the General Motors Science Advisory Committee, chairman of the technology advisory board of an artificial intelligence company, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Associates and Varian Medical Systems, and is a member of the Boards of Litel Instruments, ASTRA, and of AREVA Enterprises, Inc.

Contact information:

Burton Richter