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Professor Daigger contributes to National Academy study on science and technology

Professor Glen Daigger is a member of the Committee on Science and Technology Capabilities at the Department of State, which produced the study, entitled “Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Embedding a Culture of Science and Technology Throughout the Department of State.”| Short Read

Advancements in science and technology (S&T) are heightening aspirations of societies throughout the world at an unprecedented pace while dramatically changing the way personal and business affairs are conducted. A National Academy of Sciences Committee recently released a study that recommends that the Department of State take full advantage of the leading S&T capabilities of the United States.

The study states that S&T capabilities provide the department with many opportunities to promote a variety of the interests of the United States and its allies in a rapidly changing world wherein S&T are important drivers of economic development at home and abroad and help ensure international security.

This report assesses and makes recommendations concerning the changing environment for the conduct of diplomacy in the years ahead, with a focus on the role of S&T in the development and implementation of U.S. policies and programs.

To learn more about the report, please visit to download the PDF or pre-order the paperback.

The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read