Competitiveness, Congress and You

Event: Sue Fratkin, a public policy analyst concentrating on technology and telecommunications issues, will engage participants in a discussion about what they can do to help scientists and researchers in the evolving political and economic scene. In 1991, she founded Fratkin Associates, a Washington D.C. consulting firm that focuses on these issues from the higher education perspective. The firm reports regularly on congressional and federal agency activities, analyzes relevant legislation and formulates federal and state legislative and regulatory responses.

When: 5:45 p.m., May 4. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: ATandT Executive Education and Conference Center Amphitheater (Room 204), 1900 University Ave.

Background: In the late 1990s, the U.S. achieved an unprecedented level of innovation and competitiveness with the boom, the growth of the Internet and high-performance computing. Then came the crash in 2001. Now, a decade later, the "Competes Act" promoting, excellence in technology, education and science, has been reauthorized and signed. The President has delivered the State of the Union address, and numerous articles and editorials have been written exhorting the nation to a "wake-up" call to confront international competitiveness and the challenges of innovation.