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Careers in Science and Technology Policy

Careers in Science and Technology Policy

 Neal Lane, Ph.D. ; Senior Fellow, James A. Baker III ; Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Dr. Neal Lane served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, from August 1998 to January 2001, and as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), from October 1993 to August 1998.

Before becoming NSF Director, Lane was Provost and Professor of Physics at Rice University, a position he had held since 1986. He first came to Rice in 1966, when he joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor. In 1972, he became Professor of Physics and Space Physics and Astronomy. He left Rice from mid-1984 to 1986 to serve as Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, from 1979 to 1980, while on leave from Rice, he worked at the NSF as Director of the Division of Physics. Lane received his B.S., M.S., and PhD (1964) in physics at the University of Oklahoma.

Lane is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Women in Science. He has been awarded over a dozen honorary degrees and received several other honors, including in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the American Institute of Physics K.T. Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics, and the Association of Rice Alumni Gold Medal for service to Rice University. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Friend of Science Award from the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA).

Open to all Students, Fellows and Faculty are invited to attend.

RSVP to by Monday, March 18, 2013


Date: 3/20/13, 12pm to 1:30pm
Time: 3/20/13, 12pm to 1:30pm
Location: MSB B.645
Format: Lecture
Contact: Kimberly Campbel - (713) 500-5605 -