CIVIC SCIENTIST LECTURE SERIES

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

"A 'civic scientist' to me is a true scientist who uses his or her knowledge, accomplishments, and analytical skills to help bridge the gap between science and society."

—Dr. Neal Lane, former Science Advisor to President Clinton

The Civic Scientist Lecture Series is an initiative sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program. The lectures are a series of discussions by leading scientists from around the country 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, hopefully promoting science and technology as a public good worthy of federal, state and local funding.

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Previous Civic Scientist Lectures include:

April 10, 2017

France A. Córdova, Ph.D., Director of the National Science Foundation

"Ten Big Ideas: Realizing the NSF's Vision for Research and Discovery"

This event, part of the Rorschach Lecture Series organized by the Physics and Astronomy Department at Rice University, was sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, in conjunction with Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.

April 4, 2017

William H. Press, Ph.D., Raymer Professor, Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin

"Science in Action: Advice on Convincing a Skeptical Public"

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program in conjunction with Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng. 

February 8, 2017

Sylvester James Gates Jr., Ph.D., member of the National Academy of Sciences, University System Regents Professor and the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park

Jeannette M. Wing, Ph.D., corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, consulting professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University

“Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in the New Administration”

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in conjunction with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. This event was also part of a Baker Institute research project offering science and technology policy guidance to the president and his science advisor, which is funded by a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation. Support for this program was generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.

October 21, 2016

Marcia McNutt, Ph.D., President of the National Academy of Sciences

“Science Advice for Policy Decisions: Is Anyone Listening?”

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Center for Energy Studies, in conjunction with Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.

November 18, 2015

David Laude, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost and Professor at The University of Texas at Austin

“Creating a Campus Culture Where Every STEM Student Graduates”

This event, also a part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series, was co-hosted by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, the George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences at Rice University. Support for the Civic Scientist Program is generously provided by Shell Oil Company and Benjamin and Winifer Cheng.

April 20, 2015

Norman Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Coporation

Stephen Chu, Ph.D., William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Nobel Laureate

"Restoring the Foundation: Reviving the U.S. Science, Engineering and Technology Enterprise"

Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and Department of Physics and Astronomy as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series. Support generously provided by Winifer and Benjamin Cheng.

February 6, 2015

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Fellow in Disease and Poverty, Rice University's Baker Institute

Robert Bazell, Nonresident Fellow in Science and Technology, Rice University's Baker Institute, Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, Yale University

"Influenza, SARS, Ebola and the Next Pandemic: Perceptions in the Media and Public"

Sponsored by the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice Empower as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series. Support generously provided by Winifer and Benjamin Cheng.

April 23, 2014

Anita Jones, Ph.D., Department Chair and Owen R. Cheatham Professor of Computer Science, Emerita, University of Virginia

"Cybersecurity and Civil Society"

Sponsored by Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series

April 1, 2014

Neal Lane, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Rice University's Baker Institute

John Mendelsohn, M.D., L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy, Rice University's Baker Institute

David Eagleman, Ph.D., Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Baylor College of Medicine

Sponsored by the Baker Institute Student Forum and Rice Empower as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series

March 7, 2013

Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D., Chairman, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Former Director of the National Science Foundation

Sponsored by Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the JWC/JKH Family Foundation — Janice Hartrick as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series

November 13, 2012

Subra Suresh, Sc.D., Director of the National Science Foundation

Sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston in conjunction with Transatlantic Science Week 2012, Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the JWC/JKH Family Foundation — Janice Hartrick as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series

April 12, 2012

David Baltimore, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor, California Institute of Technology, and Alice Huang, Ph.D., Senior Faculty Associate in Biology, California Institute of Technology

Sponsored by the JWC/JKH Family Foundation — Janice Hartrick as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series

December 6, 2011

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

"Restoring Science to Its Rightful Place: Its Role in America's Future"

Sponsored by the George and Mary Josphine Hamman Foundation and Rice University's Wiess School of Natural Sciences and George R. Brown School of Engineering - as part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series

October, 13 2010

Nobel Laureates: Sir Harry W. Kroto, Ph.D., Professor, Florida State University and Robert F. Curl Jr., Ph.D., University Professor Emeritus, Rice University

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Rice University's Year of Nano

February 9th, 2009

Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine

"Redefining Science Education and the Role that Scientists Play in Society"

Sponsored by Marathon Oil Company

November 13th, 2007

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"From Uncertainty to Opportunity: Creating a Comprehensive Energy Roadmap and the Human Capital to Make It Happen"

November 9th, 2006

Arden L. Bement, Ph.D., Director of the National Science Foundation

"When the Jobs in the Nation Change, So Does the Job of the Scientist"

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