The Civic Scientist Lectures are a series of talks by leading scientists and engineers from around the world who have impacted public policy. The goal of the series is to expose scientists and future scientists to the notion that their roles expand outside of the laboratory. It also gives the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers, promoting science and technology as a public good worthy of federal, state and local funding. The Civic Scientist Program is managed by the Science and Technology Policy Program of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.
This lecture will highlight the role scientists play in helping improve the public"s and policymakers" understanding of science, as well as the role science can play helping improve international relations.
David Baltimore, Ph.D., is the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at California Institute of Technology, where he was the president from 1997 to 2006. He also served as president of Rockefeller University (1990 to 1991) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007). At the age of 37, he won the 1975 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his discovery of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme that is essential to the reproduction of retroviruses, such as HIV.
Alice Huang, Ph.D., is a senior faculty associate in biology at the California Institute of Technology. She was previously a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School, and subsequently dean for science at New York University. Huang has served as president of the American Society for Microbiology (1988-89) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010-11). She is a distinguished virologist and proponent for women in science.
This Shell Distinguished Lecture Series event is co-hosted by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences at Rice University. Additional support for this event was generously provided by JWC/JKH Family Foundation -- Janice Hartrick.