Third Science Envoy Travels to Indonesia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 10, 2010

U.S. Science Envoy Bruce Alberts will travel to Indonesia on May 9 for an eleven-day trip that will include visits to several locations throughout the country. On this first trip in his capacity as Science Envoy, Dr. Alberts will seek to identify areas for cooperation in the biological sciences, health and pandemic preparedness, science and technology, marine conservation, geophysics and climate change, and education in meetings with senior government officials, ministers, and representatives from the scientific, education, nonprofit, and business communities. He will meet with researchers, academics and young scientists.

Bruce Alberts is a prominent biochemist who currently serves as editor-in-chief of Science magazine. Dr. Alberts is a professor emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. He served two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences and was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that promote the “science as inquiry” teaching methodology, which has been implemented in school systems nationwide. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Alberts served as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, an advisory institution in Amsterdam that is governed by the presidents of 15 science academies from around the world. He is widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and is well-known for his strong commitment to the improvement of science education. Dr. Alberts also serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The U.S. Science Envoy Program is a core element of the Administration’s commitment to global engagement in science and technology. President Obama first announced the program in Cairo last June, with Secretary Clinton naming the first three envoys – Elias Zerhouni, Ahmed Zewail, and Bruce Alberts -- in Marrakech last November. Earlier this year, Dr. Zewail traveled to Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar, and Dr. Zerhouni visited France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

PRN: 2010/593