Date: Jan. 27, 2012



Bruce B. Darling Named Executive Officer of the
National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council


WASHINGTON – Bruce B. Darling, currently vice president for laboratory management at the University of California, will soon join the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council as executive officer.  His transition from the university to NAS will occur over the next several months.  He will succeed E. William Colglazier, who now serves as science and technology adviser at the U.S. Department of State.


At the University of California (UC), Darling has been responsible for management oversight of the three national laboratories operated by the university for the U.S. Department of Energy: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, for which UC is sole contractor, and Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, which are managed by limited liability companies formed by the university and three private-sector partners.


From 1996 to 2008, Darling served as the UC system's vice president for university and external relations, senior vice president for university affairs, and executive vice president for university affairs.  In those roles, he led the university's state and federal government relations; acquisition of the university's state-funded budget; communications with the news media and public; alumni relations; and fundraising initiatives.  He also had primary responsibility for integrating strategic and operational matters with the university's Board of Regents.  Darling directed UC's 2003 response to management lapses at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, drawing positive responses from the Department of Energy and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.


"Bruce Darling is a talented and experienced analyst of science and engineering programs, of science policy, and of higher education," said Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council.  "His experience in managing major science enterprises for the federal government on behalf of leading academic institutions will serve us well."  


"He brings leadership experience drawn from years in top positions at the University of California," said Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and vice chair of the National Research Council.  "We are fortunate to have Bruce's services, and I look forward to working with him."


"Bruce Darling has an impressive record of success," noted Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine.  "His experience and keen appreciation for the values of science and engineering make him superbly equipped to lead the National Research Council."


Darling graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1974 and began his career as a grants assistant at the National Science Foundation.  From 1978-80, he was special assistant to then NSF Director Richard C. Atkinson.  In 1980, Darling moved to the University of California, San Diego.  From 1993-1996 he was UC San Diego's vice chancellor for development and university relations and president of the UC San Diego Foundation.  


His professional honors include election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC San Diego Foundation Civis Universitatis Award, the National Science Foundation Commendation for Notable Service, and the Rod Rose Award for the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of the Society of Research Administrators.

Darling serves on the board of the California Council on Science and Technology and the National Science Foundation's Subcommittee on Re-competition of Major Research Facilities.  He was a member of the California Commission for Impartial Courts and the advisory board for UC Santa Barbara's Donald Bren School for Environmental Science and Management.  In 2002 and 2004, he co-chaired education facilities bond measure campaigns, which secured voter approval for $25 billion for facilities construction and modernization at California's public schools, colleges, and universities.


The National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council

Created by an act of Congress in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit society of distinguished scholars called upon to provide independent advice to the government on scientific and technological matters that play a role in policymaking. 


To enhance its scope and capabilities, the National Research Council was created in 1916.  The Research Council is the operating agency of the NAS and the National Academy of Engineering (founded under the NAS charter in 1964).  It organizes panels of scientists and other experts who, serving pro bono as volunteers, prepare or peer review more than 200 studies a year, including those of the Institute of Medicine (established under the NAS charter in 1970).


Recent studies include recommendations for future approaches to offshore oil drilling following the Deepwater Horizon disaster; an examination of the latest scientific evidence on global climate change and options for adaptation and mitigation; and an assessment of the need for using chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research.


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