This year"s Civic Scientist Lecture is Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Science, one of the world"s most prestigious scientific journals. Prior to his role at Science, Alberts was the president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council (1993-2005) for two terms.
Alberts, who earned a doctorate from Harvard University in 1965, is well-known for his work in biochemistry and molecular biology and, in particular, for his extensive study of the protein complexes that allow chromosomes to be replicated. He spent 10 years on the faculty of Princeton University and then moved to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, where he later became chair.
Alberts has long been committed to the improvement of science education, dedicating much of his time to educational issues. He is one of the original authors of "The Molecular Biology of the Cell," a leading textbook whose 5th edition was published in 2007. Albert is also an author of "Essential Cell Biology" (2003), which presents the same subject matter for a wider audience.
The Civic Scientist lectures are a series of talks by leading scientists from around the country who have influenced public policy. The series seeks to expose scientists and future scientists to the notion that their roles extend beyond the laboratory. It also gives the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers, with the goal of promoting science and technology as a public priority worthy of federal, state and local funding.
Sponsorship for the Civic Scientist Lecture Series was generously provided by the Marathon Oil Corporation.