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Bruce Bursten, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and President of the American Chemical SocietyBruce Bursten, dean of UT Knoxville’s College of Arts and Sciences, participated Monday in a roundtable meeting with leaders in government and academia to discuss the role of science and technology in shaping the global economy in the coming years.

Among the participants in the discussion were U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey. Titled the "Innovation Agenda," the roundtable centered on ways to enhance American leadership in energy research and the physical sciences in the coming years.

"We stand by this as the most important investment that we can make in health and education and energy independence, job creation and the defense of America," said Pelosi about the importance of science and innovation.

Bursten participated in the event as part of his role as president of the American Chemical Society.

Read more about the roundtable session here.