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October 10, 2005
Contact: Ann Branden, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889.

Annual policy conference to focus on science and the Kansas economy

LAWRENCE -- The role of science as an engine for economic growth will be the focus of the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Oct. 27 at the University of Kansas.

The event, presented by KU's Policy Research Institute, will feature former Gov. Mike Hayden, secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; and state Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, who was named the 2005 State Legislator of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, D.C. Other speakers include Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' policy adviser for science and energy, the presidents of Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and Deciphera Pharmaceuticals as well as economists and researchers.

The conference, "Back to the Future: Science and the Kansas Economy," will also assess the "state of the State," focusing on the emerging economic, social and demographic trends that will shape the state's economic policy.

"Making good policy decisions requires an accurate understanding of where we are. The state of Kansas is in the initial stages of a major investment to promote economic growth through encouragement of bioscience industries," said KU Professor Joshua Rosenbloom, director of the Center for Economic and Business Analysis at the Policy Research Institute.

" I can think of nothing more important than providing a candid assessment of the opportunities and challenges that this endeavor will face. This year's Kansas Economic Policy conference offers the opportunity to do so through the interaction of scholars and policy makers intimately familiar with the issues of state economic development policy," he said.

M. Lee Allison, policy adviser for science and energy to Gov. Sebelius, will open the conference answering the questions: "Is America losing its scientific leadership? And what can Kansas do about it?" The luncheon keynote speaker will be Jerry Paytas, director of the Center for Economic Development, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He will address translating technology into opportunity.

Presenters and panelists for the conference include:

-- Gunda I. Georg, university distinguished professor at KU; also a professor of medicinal chemistry and a courtesy professor in the department of chemistry;
-- Arthur P. Hall, executive director, Center for Applied Economics, KU School of Business;
-- Peter Orazem, professor of economics, Iowa State University; 2004-05 Koch visiting professor of business economics, KU School of Business;
-- Ed Flentje, professor of public administration and director of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Wichita State University;
-- Rosenbloom, professor of economics and history;
-- Steven Maynard-Moody, director of the Policy Research Institute at KU;
-- Daniel Flynn, president and CEO, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals LLC, Lawrence;
-- Tracy Taylor, president and CEO, Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, Topeka.

For full details or to register by Oct. 20 for the Oct. 27 conference, call toll-free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823 or visit http://www.kuce.org/programs/kepc. Co-Sponsors include the KU Office of the Provost, Continuing Education and Center for Applied Economics in the School of Business along with the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation of Topeka.

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