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Mizzou forums feature Thompson Coburn partners

March 12, 2012

Kit Bond
Kit Bond

On March 13, partner and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, will kick off a University of Missouri symposium on the intersection of politics and science. During his time in the Senate, Bond was an ardent supporter of investing in science and technology, providing more than a billion dollars in biotechnology research nationwide and more than $500 million in federal dollars for research and capital projects at MU. Bond will deliver the keynote address at the symposium, “Engineering Connections between Politics and Science for the 21st Century.” He will discuss the effect of scientific and technological advancement on our everyday lives, its importance to our economy, and its promise as a possible solution to global problems like hunger and disease. In addition, the senator will highlight the challenges the U.S. faces as it tries to retain its status as the world’s leader in science and technology.

On March 14, Thompson Coburn will be prominently represented at the inaugural Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Lecture Series event. The lecture series was funded by a $1.3 million endowment, to which Thompson Coburn generously contributed. Thanks to donations from Thompson Coburn and others, the lecture series will provide a forum for national and international experts to explore issues of contemporary significance, including economics, politics, science, and global security.

This year’s event will focus on the global issue of food security and will feature Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States; Dr. Roger Beachy, the founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; and high-ranking representatives from the Vietnamese and Philippines Embassies. Bond, who is widely recognized for his work with Southeast Asian leaders and his experience in food security issues like biotechnology, will moderate the discussion.