Science Policy Talk to Mark Publication Anniversary

Journal is Celebrating 25th Year of Exploring Social Problems and Solutions

Sept. 21, 2009

In an event marking the 25th anniversary of Issues in Science and Technology, former presidential science policy director Neal Lane will discuss “Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Era” on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The lecture will be at 3 p.m. in the McDermott Suite of the Eugene McDermott Library. 

Lane is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University.  He holds appointments in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and is a senior fellow of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he addresses matters of science and technology policy.

Neal Lane

Neal Lane

During the Clinton Administration, Lane served as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and he also is a former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an ex officio member of the National Science Board.

“It is appropriate that the speaker who will mark the milestone of our 25th anniversary is a renowned physicist and university leader who took on the challenge of managing the nation’s premier physical science research agency and serving as the conduit between the scientific community and the White House,” said Kevin Finneran, editor in chief of Issues in Science and Technology.  “He has devoted most of his career to the same mission as Issues: applying the insights of the science and engineering community to help solve the world’s pressing problems and achieve society’s goals.”

Issues is a publication of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and UT Dallas.

“In a period in which all print publications are struggling and the public’s attention span seems to rarely extend beyond sound bites, it is remarkable that Issues, a magazine that requires readers to digest substantive articles about complex technical subjects, has managed to not only to survive, but to thrive, for 25 years,” Finneran added.

Before becoming director of the NSF, Lane was provost and professor of physics at Rice, a position he held since 1986.  He first joined Rice in 1966 as an assistant professor in the department of physics.  In 1972, he became a professor of physics and space physics and astronomy.  He left Rice from mid-1984 to 1986 to serve as chancellor of the University of Colorado.  In addition, while on leave from Rice from 1979 to 1980, he worked at the NSF as director of the Division of Physics.

Lane’s many writings and presentations include topics on theoretical atomic and molecular physics, as well as on science and technology policy, and he has received numerous prizes, awards and fellowships for his work. 

Lane earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to recognizing the 25th anniversary of Issues, Lane’s talk is part of the University’s [email protected] series, which is a year-long collection of 40 or more events created to mark UT Dallas’ fourth decade as a UT System institution. 

A reception will follow Lane’s talk.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to [email protected].

Media Contact: Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, [email protected]
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]

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Issues in Science and Engineering magazine cover for Summer 2009   Kevin Finneran
Issues in Science and Technology printed its 25th anniversary issue this summer with a cover article titled, “What Science Can Do,” by President Obama. The journal is edited by Kevin Finneran (right).


The event is part of the University’s [email protected] series, which is a year-long collection of 40 or more events created to mark UT Dallas’ fourth decade as a UT System institution. 40th Anniversary logo

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