Civic Scientist Lecture -- Subra Suresh

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. For more information on the program, please visit

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.

Subra Suresh, Sc.D., was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the director of the National Science Foundation in September 2010. A distinguished engineer and scientist, Suresh previously served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His experimental and modeling work on the mechanical properties of structural and functional materials, innovations in materials design and characterization, and discoveries of possible connections between cellular nanomechanical processes and human disease states have shaped new fields in the fertile intersections of traditional disciplines.

This Shell Distinguished Lecture Series event is co-hosted by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston, and Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineer and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Additional support for this event was generously provided by JWC/JKH Family Foundation -- Janice Hartrick. It is also being held in conjunction with Transatlantic Science Week 2012.

This event is open by invitation only to Ambassador level Roundtable members. Please contact with questions or for information about membership.

Speaker Neal Lane

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Tue, Nov. 13, 2012
noon - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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