Scientific data and analysis play a critical role in White House policy development and decision-making for issues ranging from climate change and pandemic preparedness to nuclear nonproliferation. The Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program has collected and digitized materials related to the history of presidential scientific advising into “The White House Scientists and Science Policy Dynamic Digital Archive,” a publicly accessible online collection managed in collaboration with Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center Special Collections and Archives. This event highlighted key parts of the archive and included a discussion on the role of scientists in developing public policy options for the White House in the past, present and future.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Science History Institute. Funding for this event and the “The President’s Scientists” project was provided by grants from the National Science Foundation (SBE No.1854055), the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Humanities Texas, and the American Institute of Physics. Additional support was provided by the Baker Institute Civic Scientist Program and a gift from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.
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Neal Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University
Cyrus Mody, Ph.D.
Professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Maastricht University
Maxine Savitz, Ph.D.
Vice Chair, President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology; ret. General Manager for Technology Partnerships, Honeywell, Inc.
Kenneth Evans, Ph.D.
Scholar in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute