Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise became only the second president or chancellor to record a "thought leader" video for The Science Coalition's Science 2034 campaign, which celebrates TSC's 20th anniversary by looking twenty years into the future to see what kind of world science can make possible—provided the federal government continues to invest robustly in education and research.
In the video, Chancellor Wise discusses the future of medicine and how big data and engineering will change global healthcare. She also urges Congress to step up to the plate to close America's growing innovation deficit. An excerpt:
“It is really hard to imagine what the world will look like twenty years from now, but I think we have to. And I think we have to more than imagine it—we have to plan for it and set goals for it.
“I realize many of our legislators … have to be thinking about the next election. And I realize that the investment of science is not only high-risk, but also long term. But if we don’t invest in tomorrow and the tomorrows of twenty years from now, this country will not be what it is today. It is actually [Congress’] responsibility and privilege to keep the long term in mind.”
“If we rest on our laurels—for a minute—we are mistaken because everyone else is pushing ahead.”
Her complete video and weblog can be found here. Make no small plans!