- Neal F. Lane, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy
- Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Fellow in Science and Technology Policy
The Civic Scientist Program aims to increase the engagement of scientists and engineers with society to increase knowledge as well as interest in science.
The Civic Scientist Program at the Baker Institute is based on the premise that a more informed and engaged public will lead to improved science policy in both the private and public sector. Neal Lane, senior fellow for Science and Technology Policy and former director of the National Science Foundation and science advisor to President Clinton, describes the civic scientist as "someone who uses his or her knowledge, accomplishments and skills to help bridge the gap between science and society."
The Civic Scientist Program is managed by the Science and Technology Policy Program at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Click here for a 2017 report on the Civic Scientist Program's activities.
The program is composed of three separate but complementing initiatives:
- A community outreach initiative that send scientists and engineers from Rice University and the Houston community to local middle and high schools to talk about careers in science.
- A collection of short essays describing scientists and engineers and how they have impacted public policy.
- A collection of talks by the leading scientists and engineers who have impacted public policy.
- Ten Big Ideas: Realizing the NSF's Vision for Research and Discovery
- Science in Action: Advice on Convincing a Skeptical Public
- Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in the New Administration
- Science Advice for Policy Decisions: Is Anyone Listening?
- Ice and the Sky
- Creating a Campus Culture Where Every STEM Student Graduates
- Restoring the Foundation: Reviving the U.S. Science, Engineering and Technology Enterprise
- When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash: The Twisting of Research and Health Policy
- Influenza, SARS, Ebola and the Next Pandemic: Perceptions in the Media and Public
- Rita Colwell on Oceans, Climate and Health: Cholera as a Model of Infectious Diseases in a Changing Environment
- The Gulf of Mexico: Exploring and Caring for the Ocean That Unites Three Countries
- Full archive of Civic Scientist Lecture Series events