Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC)

Making Innovation Central to Rhode Island's Future Gina M. Raimondo, Governor

Governor Appoints David Farmer, PhD as New STAC Co-Chair

Published on June 19, 2009

Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced the appointment of David M. Farmer, PhD, FRS, FRSC, Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, as co-chair of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC). Dean Farmer replaces Jeffrey R. Seemann, Dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, who recently announced he was taking a position at Texas A& M University. Seemann has agreed to remain on the STAC board, as an appointment of Speaker William Murphy, replacing the seat previously held by Paul Choquette. Clyde Briant, Vice President of Research at Brown University, will continue to serve as co-chair.

Governor Carcieri created STAC in 2005, by Executive Order, to advise the Governor and General Assembly in prioritizing Rhode Island's investment in science and technology and address issues that impact the State's ability to support and grow an innovation economy.

"Under the direction of Dean Farmer, URI's School of Oceanography leads the nation in scientific research and study," said Governor Carcieri. "I extend my appreciation to him for agreeing to serve as co-chair of the Science and Technology Advisory Council. Science and technology are critical drivers of innovation and knowledge economies. Since 2003, Rhode Island has committed $80 million in public investment in science and technology infrastructure, including the Life Sciences center at URI, the STEM Center at Rhode Island College, and most recently the Inner Space Center at the Ocean Science and Exploration Center and Pell Marine Science Library at URI. Our commitment to support science and technology education and research well positions Rhode Island to compete on the national and global stage."

"I am honored to serve Rhode Island as co-chair of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Council and I look forward to working with the Council and state leadership to develop timely, targeted and transformative strategic investments that support discovery and innovation and its transfer into the marketplace," said Farmer.

The Governor also thanked Seemann for his continued support of STAC and the state's science and technology initiatives. "Jeff is a true visionary and his commitment to building an innovation economy cannot be measured. As co-chair of STAC since its inception, he led the discussion in prioritizing the states' investment in science and technology, and we are grateful he has agreed to lend his voice and ideas to STAC."

The Governor also announced other appointments to the STAC Board. Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island Hospital, replaces Arthur Klein, MD, former senior vice president and chief physician officer of Lifespan, and Pierre Joseph Corriveau, PhD, senior scientific technical officer and chief technology officer for Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), replaces Richard Nadolink, chief technical officer for Energetics Technology Center.

"A critical component to the success of STAC is to bring together voices from different growth industries, including healthcare and military installments, turning innovation into practical applications. The Council's commercial and industry expertise bring focus to issues that cut across institutional boundaries to impact the State's overall ability to grow the science and technology sector and support an innovation economy that turns new ideas into better products, services, and solutions to societal problems," continued Carcieri.

"I am pleased to welcome David Farmer as co-chair of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council," says J. Michael Saul, interim executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. "Since 2006, STAC has championed programs and policies that increase the state's research capacity and support entrepreneurs and new company creation. Dean Farmer and Governor Carcieri's additional appointments to the STAC board will be instrumental in further enhancing statewide cross-industry collaboration which will improve our ability to turn R&D activity into jobs and income for Rhode Islanders."
About STAC

STAC was launched in 2005 and sustained by legislative statute in 2006 to make innovation central to the state's leadership agenda. STAC seeks to assist state leadership in developing programs and policies that:

1. Increase Rhode Island's research and development capacity;

2. Encourage entrepreneurship and new company creation; and

3. Enable all organizations to innovate.

The Council meets on a regular basis to review progress, get updates on specific programs and projects, and develop clear recommendations about enhancing research competitiveness, entrepreneurial activity and innovation capacity in Rhode Island. Council Membership consists of leaders in academic, business and public sectors who work collaboratively to advance these important issues. For more information, please visit stac.ri.gov.

The next meeting of STAC is scheduled for Monday, June 22 9-11 a.m. at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence.

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RI Science & Technology Council
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: (401) 278-9100
Fax: (401) 273-8270

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