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Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

ORAU’s Annual Meeting addresses key issues facing higher education

Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

ORAU's Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions is held to explore relevant topics in higher education. The meeting not only provides presentations by nationally recognized experts, but also gives our university consortium members the opportunity to partake in valuable discussions with council representatives and ORAU staff in conjunction with the meeting's yearly theme.

ORAU’s 2023 Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held March 6-7, 2023 and is focused on “Climate Security and Environmental Justice: Pathways to Achieving the 2050 Carbon Net-Zero Goal.” Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations will share their views on technology innovation and transformation; science-based models for an environmentally equitable society; and future workforce development needs.

The meeting will be held in-person at the Hilton Knoxville Airport.

Meeting information

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  • Monday, March 6

    Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Eastern

    Session 1: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Eastern

    Opening Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Chief Research and University Partnerships Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
    • Special Introductory Video

    Special Welcome Address

    • Bruce Gnade, Chair, ORAU Board of Directors

    Opening Keynote Address

    • Christopher Frey, Science Advisor and Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development, EPA

    Break: 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern

    Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern

    Session: Technology Innovation and Transformation

    The goal of the session is to identify best practices, lessons learned, and research gaps and barriers related to how technology can enable us to achieve the 2050 carbon net-zero goal. This will be a true panel discussion moderated by the ORAU facilitator, rather than separate presentations.

    • Katherine Smith, Director, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Eric Svendsen, Director, Office of the Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases, CDC
    • Additional Speakers TBA

    Lunch and Networking: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

    Session 3: 1:30 pm – 4:45 p.m. Eastern

    Second Keynote Address

    • Sanah Baig, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, USDA

    Session: Science-Based Models for an Environmentally Equitable Society

    The goal of the session is to identify best practices, lessons learned, and research gaps and barriers related science-based models. This will be a true panel discussion moderated by the ORAU facilitator, rather than separate presentations.

    • Jeanne Herb, Executive Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Rutgers University
    • Ann Marie Chischilly, Executive Director, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University
    • Ko Barrett, Senior Advisor for Climate, NOAA

    Break: 4:45 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern

    Poster Session, Reception, and Networking: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Eastern

    Dinner: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern

    Tuesday, March 7

    Session 4: 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Eastern

    Opening Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

    • Ken Tobin, Chief Research and University Partnerships Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU

    Third Keynote Address

    • Gavin Schmidt, Director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA (Virtual)

    Session 5: 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern

    Session: Growing Future Thought Leaders through Strategic Alliances

    The goal of the session is to identify best practices, lessons learned, and research gaps and barriers related to strategic alliances. This will be a true panel discussion moderated by the ORAU facilitator, rather than separate presentations.

    • Shalanda Baker, Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, DOE
    • Edward Maibach, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
    • Simon Malcomber, Acting Assistant Director for Biological Sciences, NSF
    • Lisa Greenwood, Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

    Closing Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Chief Research and University Partnerships Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU

    Annual Meeting Adjourns: 12:00 p.m. Eastern

  • Christopher Frey
    Christopher Frey (bio)
    Environmental Protection Agency 
    Katherine Smith
    Katherine Smith (bio)
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Sanah Baig
    Sanah Baig (bio)
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Jeanne Herb
    Jeanne Herb (bio)
    Rutgers University
    Ann Marie Chischilly
    Ann Marie Chischilly (bio)
    Northern Arizona University
    Ko Barrett
    Ko Barrett (bio)
    NOAA
    Gavin Schmidt
    Gavin Schmidt (bio)
    NASA
    Shalanda Baker
    Shalanda Baker (bio)
    U.S. Department of Energy
    Edward Maibach
    Edward Maibach (bio)
    George Mason University
    Simon Malcomber
    Simon Malcomber (bio)
    National Science Foundation
    Lisa Greenwood
    Lisa Greenwood (bio)
    Rochester Institute of Technology
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Past meeting archive

  • Monday, March 7

    Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern

    Opening Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU Special Welcome Address

    Special Welcome Address

    • Debra Reinhart, Outgoing Council Chair
    • Bruce Gnade, ORAU Board of Directors

    Opening Keynote Address

    • Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association [View presentation]

    Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

    Panel: Preparedness: Detection, Prevention, Response and Control

    • Charles C. Branas, Gelman Endowed Professor of Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University; and Member, Committee on Applied Research Topics for Hazard Mitigation and Resilience, National Academy of Sciences Report, “Enhancing Community Resilience through Social Capital and Social Connectedness: Stronger Together!”
    • John Drake, Director, Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and Director, Global Infectious Disease Intelligence Consortium, Coronavirus Working Group, University of Georgia [View presentation]
    • James Hodge, Director, Center for Public Health Law and Policy, Arizona State University

    Session 3: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern

    Panel: Bio-Economy: Supply Chain Resiliency and Workforce Needs

    • Diane DiEuliis, Assistant Director and Senior Fellow, National Defense University; Member, National Academy of Sciences Report, “Safeguarding the Bio-Economy;” and Former Deputy Director for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, DHHS [View presentation]
    • Rachel Lipson, Director, Project on Workforce, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard University; and Committee Member, National Academy of Sciences Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19
    • Eleftherior “Lefteris” Iakovou, Professor, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University

    Tuesday, March 8

    Session 4: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Eastern

    Council of Sponsoring Institutions Engagement

    This time will be set aside for council business and announcements. [View presentation]

    Session 5: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

    Panel: Modeling and Forecasting: Predictive Analytics

    • Mitra Basu, Program Director, Predictive intelligence for Pandemic Prevention, National Science Foundation
    • Katelyn Jetelina, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    • Jade Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University [View presentation]

    Session 6: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

    Closing Keynote Address

    • Hon. Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health [View presentation]

    Special Closing Panel: Global Action Summit – Adaptive Solutions for Abundant Food, Health and Prosperity in a COVID-Disrupted World

    • Rob Dongoski, Partner, Food and Agribusiness Lead, Ernst & Young
    • Luis Gabriel Cuervo, Senior Advisor, Research for Health, Pan American Health Organization
    • Scott Miller, President and CEO, Circles USA

    Closing Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
  • Monday, March 8, 2021

    Opening Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU

    Special Welcome

    The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation

    Keynote Address

    Jill Crisman, Ph.D., SES, Principal Director for Artificial Intelligence, OUSD (R&E)

    Panel: Advancing R&D and Resiliency

    Speakers:

    • Bruce Draper, Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, DARPA
    • Roberto Gioiosa, Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence-Focused Architectures and Algorithms, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Shane Shaneman, Strategic Director, National Security and Defense, Carnegie Mellon University

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    Panel: Skilled Workforce Needs

    Speakers:

    • Patricia Martinez, Fellow, AI and Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Remco Zwetsloot, Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University
    • Sidney D’Mello, Associate Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado Boulder

    Council Engagement Session

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    Keynote Address

    Gil Alterovitz, Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Panel: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications

    Speakers:

    • Partha Bhattacharyya, Program Director, AI and Technology Centers for Aging Research, National Institute on Aging, NIH
    • Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
    • Brian Bataille, Chief Data Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency

    Closing Remarks

    • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Senior Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, ORAU
    • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Keynote Address

    • Civic Research + Innovation: Partnerships, Federal Activity, and Policy Ideas, Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab Network

    Panel Session 1: Critical Infrastructure Systems and Resiliency

    Panel Speakers

    • Rouzbeh Ross Nazari, Co-Director, Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Our Critical Infrastructure - Is it Really Ours? Sam Visner, Director, National Cybersecurity FFRDC, MITRE Corporation
    • Our Critical Infrastructure - Is it Really Ours? Hannah Hess, Cyber Security Software Engineer, MITRE Corporation
    • Resiliency at Multiple Scales - Connected Interdependent Infrastructures, Jibonananda Sanyal, Group Leader, Computational Urban Sciences Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Panel Session 2: Transitioning Innovative Research to Practice

    Panel Speakers

    • Operationalizing University/City Smart Cities Partnerships: Portland State University's Digital Cities Testbed Center, Jonathan Fink, Director, Digital City Testbed Center, Portland State University, and Kevin Martin, Manager, Smart City PDX, Portland, Oregon
    • Smart and Connected Communities: Technology and Social Science Working Together for a Better Society, David Corman, Program Director, National Science Foundation

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Keynote Address

    • Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistance Secretary for Research and Technology, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. Department of Transportation – Advanced Transportation Systems. 

    Panel Session 3: Social and Economic Impact

    Panel Speakers

    • The 2020 Readiness Challenge: The Social and Economic Impact of Smart Cities, Jason Nelson, Executive Director, Partner Engagement; Smart Cities Council
    • The Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative, Reinhold Mann, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Chief Scientist, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Erik Johnston, Co-Director, Center for Smart Cities and Regions; and Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Watch the closing panel discussion from the 2022 meeting

Watch the special panel discussion on the Global Action Summit covering the topic of "Adaptive Solutions for Abundant Food, Health and Prosperity in a COVID-Disrupted World."

Contact us

To learn more about the ORAU Annual Meeting, contact the University Partnerships office:

Casey ThomasP.O. Box 117, MS 29
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117