Feb. 16, 2011

Distinguished scientist to deliver Roemer Lecture Feb. 23

Norman Neureiter

Distinguished scientist Norman Neureiter, senior advisor for the Center for Science,Technology and Security Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will deliver this year's Roemer Lecture on World Affairs on Feb. 23.

Neureiter will discuss "Science and Foreign Policy," with his substantial background in the topic.

A scientist, diplomat and international business executive, Neureiter has been in the AAAS position since 2004. He is overseeing the effort to build new connections between scientists, research institutions and the federal policy makers involved with anti-terrorism efforts and other national security issues.

Before joining AAAS, Neureiter worked both in private industry and public service. He entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1965 and was named deputy scientific attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn. In 1967, he was transferred to Warsaw as the first U.S. scientific attaché in Eastern Europe with responsibility for Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Neureiter returned to Washington in 1969 as assistant for international affairs to the president's science adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology.

He was appointed the first science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State in 2000. In 2008, he received the Public Welfare Medal, which honors the "extraordinary use of science for public good."

Neureiter's father, Paul Neureiter, came to Geneseo in 1937 as chair of the Division of Natural Sciences. The Neureiter family established a scholarship in his memory for women science majors at Geneseo.

If you go ...
The Roemer Lecture on World Affairs is Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Newton 202 with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.