Experiences and Reflections on Science and Diplomacy: Interrelationships Among Cooperation, Security, Development and Global Challenges

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:30pm

John Boright

Executive Director of International Affairs of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

John Boright will talk about contrasts, relationships and lessons learned in his various roles as a government official on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear energy use, as a United State Embassy and State Department science counselor, and at the National Academies building capacity and partnerships to meet major global challenges, especially in the least developed countries. His talk will cover perspectives on nuclear power in the context of climate change and nuclear risks, and cooperation to meet urgent human needs in the presence of issues of human rights and strong national policy disagreements.

In 1994-1995, Boright was deputy to the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, after spending five years as deputy assistant secretary for science and technology affairs at the Department of State overseeing U.S. science and technology agreements with other countries, and international space policy and program matters.

In 1987-1989 he was director of the Division of International Programs at the National Science Foundation, where he developed international cooperative arrangements and U.S. access to science and engineering in other countries, particularly with Japan and countries in Asia and Eastern Europe. Before that he worked for 10 years at the Department of State and he has worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the U.S. Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received his BA and PhD in physics from Cornell University.

The talk is open to the public. For information contact Hassan Vafai at hvafai@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-5949.

Sponsored by:

Science, Health, and Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Initiative

UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

University of Arizona College of Engineering


UA Student Union Memorial Center, Union Kiva meeting room (Level 2)