Date: July 25, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
E. William Colglazier Named State Department Science and Technology Adviser
WASHINGTON — E. William (Bill) Colglazier, recently retired executive officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, has been selected to be the new Science and Technology Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Colglazier will lead the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, whose mission is to provide the secretary and other senior State Department officials with scientific and technical expertise in support of the development and implementation of
The adviser also provides outreach to the U.S. and international scientific community, helps to facilitate scientific cooperation between the United States and other countries, and helps to promote scientific and technological capacity-building in developing countries and science-based policymaking internationally. In his new post, Colglazier carries on the work of several prominent scientist-diplomats who have held the position, including Penn State geneticist and NAS member Nina Fedoroff, University of Arizona chemistry professor George Atkinson, and Norman Neureiter, senior adviser at the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and winner of the NAS Public Welfare Medal in 2008.
"All of us are excited about Bill Colglazier's new role," said Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. "Bill will be a wonderful adviser to the secretary as well as an effective envoy for science and technology on the global stage as he helps lead our nation's initiatives to reach out internationally."
"I can think of no one who is as broadly knowledgeable of the state of science and technology across all fields and around the world," said Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering. "Bill knows the people, problems, and possibilities of science and technology in advancing
"Secretary Clinton's selection of Bill Colglazier is a brilliant stroke," said
Colglazier arrived at the National Research Council in 1991 as executive director of the Office of International Affairs. He became executive officer of NAS and the Research Council in 1994 and was named chief operating officer in 2001. From 1983 to 1991, he was professor of physics and directed the Energy, Environment, and
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