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Physicist Neal Lane Receives 2013 Vannevar Bush Award

Rice University professor served as presidential science adviser in the Clinton Administration


Neal Lane - 2013 Award
The National Science Board (NSB) recognized Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute, is the 2013 recipient of its Vannevar Bush Award.

 

 Lane was the NSF director from October 1993 to August 1998.

"Among the hallmarks of Neal's NSF directorship was the recognition that scientists must be an integral part of, rather than standing apart from, the civic life of our nation and have the willingness to be a vocal advocate for their position," said Dan E. Arvizu, NSB chairman. "He spoke publicly and wrote widely about the need for researchers to engage in a dialogue with the broader public, the majority of whom seldom have any interaction with scientists, about the centrality of science--and engineering and mathematics--to the functioning of modern society.

Each year, the National Science Board presents the Vannevar Bush Award to exceptional, lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service activities in science, technology and public policy.

The award was established in 1980 in memory of Vannevar Bush, who served as science advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, helped to establish federal funding for science and engineering as a national priority during peacetime and was behind the creation of the NSF. 
 
 

Recent Publication: NASA's Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present, and Future Challenges

Kirstin Matthews, Brent Carey, Kenneth Evans and Padraig Moloney examined the history of challenges NASA has faced in funding science research - using nanotechnology as a case study. The authors describe the lack of continuity and long term strategic planning in research and development that has brought the agency to it's current state. 

To view Baker Institute Policy Report 54 "NASA's Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future", visit the link.