Sep. 22, 2010

AAAS Official to Address National Science Policy Issues

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Norman Neureiter

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Norman Neureiter, director of the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will address "Reflections on Science and Science Policy" Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. at SUNY Geneseo. The address will be in Newton Hall Room 204 and is part of the college's annual "Celebrating the Sciences" event, which brings guest speakers, Geneseo science alumni and others to campus for perspective on their disciplines. All events are open to the public without charge.

Neureiter, a distinguished scientist, diplomat and international business executive, 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.

In 1973, he joined Texas Instruments, where he held a number of staff and management positions. 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 earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in organic chemistry from Northwestern University. His father, Paul Neureiter, came to Geneseo in 1937 as chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and played an important role in the development of the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics departments and was responsible for the formulation of the geological sciences department. The Neureiter family established a scholarship in his memory for women science majors at Geneseo.

Geneseo's "Celebrating the Sciences" event will include tours of the Integrated Science Center and demonstrations in various labs, including the particle accelerator in the physics department. A panel of distinguished Geneseo alumni will reflect on their careers during four separate panel discussions at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall. The panelists include:

Biology

Mark Bookhout '75, president/physical therapist, Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc. (Excelsior, Minn.)
Richard Friedman '74, professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine (Bellaire, Texas)
Robin Rhode Putnam '85, director, toxic and hazardous materials storage program, Nassau County Health Department (Massapequa, N.Y.)
Matthew Starost '89, veterinary pathologist/staff scientist, National Institutes of Health (Derwood, Md.)

Chemistry

Brian Cleary '87, scientist, ink and ink tank commercialization laboratory, Eastman Kodak Co. (Webster, N.Y.)
John Hammond '76, president/owner, Patent Innovations LLC (Livonia, N.Y.)
Lisa Dennis Kelly '88, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, University of Maryland Baltimore County (Ellicott City, Md.)
Anthony Midey '91, senior scientist, Excellims Corp. (Maynard, Mass.)
Jay Pinkes '87, senior development chemist, Permatex (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Gerald Rhodes '74, vice president, research, Gilead Sciences Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.)
Jeffrey Zaleski '88, professor of chemistry, Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.)

Geology
Mark Hamilton '80, president and founder, Integrated Systems (Victor, N.Y.)
Andrea Hyatt-Cutt '96, principal, Winslow Elementary School, Rush Henrietta School District (Rochester, N.Y.)
Mary Jane Armitage Stell '85, president, Stell Environmental Enterprises Inc. (Elverson, Pa.)
Henry Telfer '80, CEO, Telfer Enterprises/AHHC of Scottsdale (Gilbert, AZ)

Physics
Stephanie Nelson Dickman '89, director, Intelligence Systems, ITT Geospatial Systems (Rochester, N.Y.)
Vincent Lillard '98, submarine warfare project leader, The Institute for Defense Analysis (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Bruce Wallmann '87, principal associate, Erdman Anthony & Associates (Rochester, N.Y.)


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