E. William Colglazier to speak at the Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series at Trinity University

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Mary Anthony
Sep. 27, 2012

E. William Colglazier to speak at the Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series at Trinity University

Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State will discuss Science and Diplomacy

SAN ANTONIO - E. William Colglazier, science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State, will discuss "Science and Diplomacy" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Laurie Auditorium, as part of the Trinity University Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Colglazier advocates for science-based policy at the State Department and promotes scientific and technological capacity-building and science-based policymaking internationally. In leadership roles in national science academies and research councils, he provided independent, objective advice to the nation on public policy issues where insights and expertise from science, technology, and medicine are needed. From 1983 to 1991, he was professor of physics and director of the Energy, Environment, and Resources Center at the University of Tennessee where he worked closely with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Colglazier strongly supports global scientific engagement by the United States to help advance science and diplomacy and solve global problems. He believes the U.S. can remain at the cutting edge and a world leader in science and technology only by engaging with the scientific and technical communities in other countries.

Colglazier received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, and prior to 1983 worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, he also served as associate director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Humanism of the Aspen Institute. Colglazier is past chair of the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.

The Trinity University Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series is made possible through an endowment gift from Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Brown Sr. of San Antonio. For more information, contact Trinity's Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406.