Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Baker Institute fellow in disease and poverty, has been named a U.S. science envoy by the State Department. Hotez will focus his efforts on Saudi Arabia and Morocco in the areas of global health and vaccine development.
Announced by President Obama in Cairo in June 2009, the U.S. Science Envoy program demonstrates the United States’ commitment to science, technology and innovation as tools of diplomacy and economic growth. Science envoys engage internationally at the citizen and government levels to develop partnerships, improve collaboration and forge mutually beneficial relationships between other nations and the United States to stimulate increased scientific cooperation and foster economic prosperity. They travel as private citizens and advise the White House, the Department of State and the scientific community about potential opportunities for cooperation.
Read the full Dec. 4, 2014, press release on the U.S. State Department's website.