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SCIENCE:
A Close Relationship: Indo-U.S. Science Ties


India and U.S. ties in science and technology are getting closer with cooperation in cutting-edge areas, as was evident at a recent meet in Berkeley, Calif. A Siliconeer report.


(Above): Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum co-chairs T. Ramasami (l) and Norman Neureiter.
At a recent meeting at the University of California at Berkeley, with many of the members of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum present, a number of experts spoke about cooperation in a diverse array of fields.

The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, established in March 2000, is an autonomous, not for profit society that promotes Indo-U.S. bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry. As a grant making organization, the principle objective of IUSSTF is to provide opportunities, to exchange ideas, information, skills and technologies, and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavors of mutual interest.

Paul G. Yock of Stanford talked about the Stanford-India Biodesign fellowship Program, whose goal is to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in India.

Meteorologist Karyn Sawyer talked about Indo-U.S. cooperation in instrumented aircraft-borne tropical cyclone prediction that will improve tropical cyclone track prediction in India.

Krishna Vedula of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, talked about how a joint Indo-U.S. panel will focus on increasing the number of engineering faculty in the U.S. and in India who collaborate on research and teaching and who will be able to better prepare engineers for the global economy.

On hand were most members of the Indo-U.S. Science Forum. On the Indian side, this included Indian co-chair T. Ramasami, secretary of the department of science and technology; Maharaj K. Bhan, secretary, Department of Biotechnology; Samir K. Brahmachari, director general, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; and Sanjay G. Dhande, director of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

On the U.S. side were U.S. co-chair Norman P. Neureiter, director, Centre for Science, Technology and Security Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Michael Clegg; foreign secretary, National Academy of Science; Gretchen Kalonji, director of international strategy development, University of California, Office of the President; and Suhas S. Patil, chairman, Digite, Inc, California.


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COVER STORY
Unsung Heroine:
Agnes Smedley

American feminist Agnes Smedley played a key role in assisting Indian freedom fighters in the U.S. and in Europe in the beginning of the 20th century, writes Ved Prakash Vatuk.


HUMAN RIGHTS
Humble Heroine:
Mukhtar Mai in Sacramento

Mukhtar Mai was declared Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year for her fearless stand against sexist oppression. She recently visited Sacramento, and our reporter Ras H. Siddiqui was there.


SUBCONTINENT
Midair Near Misses:
Air Traffic Crisis in India

India’s exponential growth in air traffic is now the cause of a missed mid-air collision every 15 days, writes Siddharth Srivastava.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Unsung Heroine
NEWS DIARY: December
PHOTO ESSAY: 2007: Year in Review
OVERSEAS INDIANS: GOPIO Awards
TRIBUTE: Goodbye, Benazir
SCIENCE: A Close Relationship
ETHNIC ISSUES: Study in Contrasts
SUBCONTINENT: India’s New Boom
TRAVEL: Bear Valley, Calif.
HEALTH: Pregnancy 101
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Round-up
MUSIC: Kal Ki Yaadein Concert
AUTO: 2008 Acura MDX
BOLLYWOOD: Taare Zameen Par
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Mirugam
RECIPE: Hot Kachri
HOROSCOPE: 2008 Yearly Forecast

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