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Lane to return to Rice faculty from White House

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J.AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770EMAIL: [email protected] LANE TO RETURN TORICE FACULTY FROM WHITE HOUSE Assistant to U.S. president for science andtechnology will become Rice professor again Neal Lane,assistant to the president of the United States for science and technology,director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy and former directorof the National Science Foundation, will rejoin the faculty at RiceUniversity.Lane, 62, will return toRice from the Clinton White House to take the position of University Professorin the Department of Physics and Astronomy and senior fellow at the James A.Baker III Institute for Public Policy. University Professor is a specialappointment entitling the holder to teach in any department in the university.Lane is the only person ever to hold the position at Rice.“This is another signalday for Rice University, as we welcome back our colleague and faculty memberNeal Lane, who has served his country with such distinction in several vitalnational positions,” Rice President Malcolm Gillis said.Lane said that he andhis wife, Joni, would fly back to Houston and Rice Jan. 20.“I have had theprivilege to serve in the Clinton-Gore administration for more than seven yearsand now am excited to be coming home to Rice, where Joni and I have so manyfriends,” Lane said. “I look forward to teaching again and working with Rice’soutstanding students and faculty on physics research and science and technologypolicy.”Lane has been assistantto President Clinton and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policysince August 1998. He will resign from both positions to return to Rice, wherehe served as provost from 1986 to 1993 and was an award-winning teacher andresearcher in atomic and molecular physics for more than 27 years.In his current federalroles, Lane provides the president with advice in all areas of science andtechnology policy, and he coordinates policy and programs across the federalgovernment. He also co-chairs the president’s Committee of Advisers on Scienceand Technology Policy and manages the president’s National Science andTechnology Council. President Clinton namedLane in 1993 to lead the National Science Foundation (NSF), the federal agencythat provides more than $3 billion in support for research and education inscience, mathematics, engineering and technology. Lane also served ex officio onthe National Science Board for six years.Lane earned hisundergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma inthe early 1960s. He joined the Rice faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor ofphysics and was named chair of the physics department in 1977. Whiledepartmental chair, Lane spent 1979 serving as director of the Division ofPhysics for the NSF.Lane left Rice in 1984to become chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1986,he returned to Rice as provost.“The Department ofPhysics and Astronomy is delighted to have Dr. Lane returning,” said KathleenMatthews, dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. “We are hopeful that hewill re-establish his highly acclaimed program of study in theoreticalphysics.”Lane is a fellow withthe American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science. In his previous time atRice, he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and twice won theGeorge R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching. He also has studied as apostdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and hasheld several visiting fellowships at the Joint Institute for LaboratoryAstrophysics in Boulder, Colo. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more