Feb. 16, 2011

Senior AAAS Adviser to Address ‘Science and Foreign Policy’ at Roemer Lecture on World Affairs Feb. 23


GENESEO, N.Y. -- Norman Neureiter, senior adviser for the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association at the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will address "Science and Foreign Policy" at SUNY Geneseo's annual Roemer Lecture on World Affairs Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall Rm. 202 . The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

"We are greatly honored to have Dr. Neureiter visit our campus to deliver this year's Roemer lecture," said SUNY Geneseo Provost Carol Long. "His breadth of experience in academia, industry and government will bring a unique perspective to an increasingly important component of our nation's foreign policy."

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 SUNY 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.

Geneseo's Kenneth Roemer Lecture on World Affairs is a memorial to Roemer's longstanding interest in global issues. The series was endowed by his brother, the late Spencer J. Roemer, emeritus director of admissions at Geneseo and member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors.

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