CSSP Meeting, December 3-5, 2016


Theme: Leading In The Next Era

Registration is now open. Please check this site frequently for updates. A block of rooms has been reserved at a very good rate at Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., midway between the American Chemical Society headquarters and the Carnegie Institution for Science, where the meetings will be held. Please be sure to ask for the CSSP rate when you reserve. Hotel Rouge is providing a continental breakfast.


Saturday, December 3, 2016: ACS Headquarters, 1155 16th St, NW

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • CSSP Executive Board meeting (for board members only)

12:00 – 1:00 PM

  • Registration and Informal Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Opening Remarks and Introductions – Dr. David Penrose, Chair of the CSSP Executive Board

1:45 – 4:45 PM

  • Session 1 – Leading in the Next Era (organized by Madeleine Jacobs, President & CEO, CSSP)
    As a new Presidential Administration takes charge in Washington, attendees will hear from three outstanding speakers on important science and education issues that will be in the forefront of the next decade.
    Dr. Fleming Crim, Assistant Director of the NSF Directorate of Mathematics and Sciences, “Ten Big Ideas for Future Investing”
    Dr. Michael Feuer, Dean of the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The Rising Price of Objectivity: Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research (November 2016 – all attendees will receive a signed copy of this book)
    Dr. Sarah Tegen, Vice President Global and Editorial Services, ACS Publications, will discuss trends and the future of scientific publishing.

6:00 – 9:00 PM

  • Dinner at B Too – 1324 14th St, NW

Sunday, December 4, 2016: ACS Headquarters, 1155 16th St, NW

8:30 – 11:30 AM

  • Session 2 – Frontiers of Science – Emerging New Sciences that Combine the Frontiers of Neuroscience with the Frontiers of Cognitive Intelligence (organized by Dr. Martin Apple, President Emeritus & Director of R&D, CSSP)
    Dr. Nathan Wilson, MIT, “Turning NeuroSynaptic Intelligence into Digital Decision Networks.”
    Dr. Jim Spohrer, IBM, “Cognitive Systems Serving as Your Research Collaborators.”
    Dr. Panos Artemiadis, Arizona State University, “Controlling Behavior of Many Devices at Once by Human Thought”

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Leadership in the Next Era
    Wendy Appel, author of InsideOut Enneagram: The Game-Changing Guide for Leaders, will provide insights and tools on how to let the best of you emerge as a leader that others trust and are inspired to follow. (Attendees will receive a copy of the book.)

12:30 – 1:30 PM

  • Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 PM

  • Session 3 – Committee Meetings

4:30 – 5:15 PM

  • Reports from Committee Meetings

5:15 – 6:00 PM

  • Business Meeting and Elections

6:00 – 9:00 PM

  • Dinner at Logan Tavern – 1423 P St, NW

Monday, December 5, 2016: Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St, NW

7:45 AM

  • Welcome from Matt Scott, President, Carnegie Institution for Science

8:00 – 9:00 AM

  • Leadership in the Next Era
    Dr. Marcia McNutt, new President of the National Academy of Sciences and former Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine, will speak on the priorities of NAS in the coming era and how CSSP can be involved.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Leadership in the Next Era
    Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director, DARPA, will discuss technology, innovation, and competitiveness in a speech on “Breakthrough Technologies for National Security.”

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Session 4 – Leading in the Next Era: Association Best Practices Focus on Meetings
    All scientific and technical professional societies are seeking new and innovative ways to increase revenues and attendance at their conferences and meetings while enhancing their missions. In this session, two professional association executives will describe the approaches their societies are taking. This is a highly interactive discussion. (Organized by Madeleine Jacobs, President & CEO, CSSP)Mary Ward-Callan, CAE, Managing Director, Technical Activities, IEEE, will talk on “N3XT: Engaging New Audiences.” In this illuminating talk and discussion with attendees, Ms. Ward-Callan will describe how “the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to the advancement of technology for the benefit of humanity,” has expanded and enabled dynamic, nimble, flexible, diverse, and global communities to share, collaborate, network, debate and engage with one another. She has done this by overseeing and spurring the development of innovative and technically vital forums for the discussion, development, and dissemination of authoritative knowledge related to traditional technologies, while focusing more of IEEE’s resources towards serving the professionals working on emerging and disruptive technologies.
    Denise Creech, Director, Member and Scientific Advancement Division, American Chemical Society, will discuss the impetus behind a new innovative conference designed to engage international audiences and enhance global cooperation among scientific societies. The American Chemical Society is a leading organizer and sponsor of the Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem), to be held on January 24-27, 2018, in Cancun. It is loosely modeled on the highly successful Pacifichem Conference held every five years in Hawaii.

12:00 – 1:00 PM 

  • Leadership in the Next Era
    Dr. Jeremy Berg
    , new Editor-in-Chief of Science, will speak about the leading issues the science enterprise faces in the new era from his perspective of Editor-in-Chief and his previous positions.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Lunch
    Dr. Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs at The Kavli Foundation, will give remarks about “convergent science”–a newly emerging area in which scientists from vastly different disciplines come together to solve important problems. For example, scientists from planetary and ocean sciences recently met to explore common areas of research. Attendees know the need for multi-disciplinary/cross-disciplinary research, but how do we move forward in making that as reality? How do scientists from different disciplines assure collaboration? Attendees will discuss this topic over lunch with the hope of outlining paths forward.

2:00 – 5:00 PM

  • Session 5 – Energy in the Next Era: Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development
    This is a compelling session on various perspectives related to hydraulic fracturing.  Experts in every aspect of this topic will discuss “Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development.” (Organized by Dr. Nick Tew, State Geologist of Alabama, Geological Survey of Alabama, member of the CSSP Executive Board)

    • Scott Tinker, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, “An Overview of Future Fossil Fuel Energy Needs with an Emphasis on the Role of Unconventional Energy Sources.”
    • Kris J. Nygaard, ExxonMobil, “Operational Aspects of Development – Hydraulic Fracturing, Well Construction and Integrity, and Other Downhole Operations, including Various Associated Risks and Risk Management.”
    • Bridget Scanlon, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, “Water and Environmental Issues Associated with Unconventional Development.”
    • Mark D. Zoback, Stanford University, “Induced Seismicity and Related Issues.”
    • Mike Paque, Executive Director, Groundwater Protection Council, “Regulatory Issues Associated with Unconventional Energy Development.”
    • Scott Anderson, Senior Policy Director, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund, “Environmental NGO Perspective on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development.”

5:00 – 5:30 PM

  • Concluding Remarks

6:30 – 8:15 PM

  • Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture with Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine, who will speak on “The Fiction of Memory,” followed by a Q&A with Frank Sesno, Director, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.