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Presidential Lecture Series on
Global Leadership and Sustainability

Neal Lane

Can Science Save Our Future? - Advising the next U.S. President
Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
5:30 to 7 p.m., Aloha Tower Marketplace, Multi Purpose Room 3

Science and technology are connected with every aspect of our lives as individuals and as a nation; and the U.S. president needs advice at a time and in a world that is experiencing rapid and accelerating changes - social, political, and economic. Theoretical projections of life on the planet in future decades range from worrisome to terrifying, particularly the implications for fresh water and food. Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific islands face particular challenges and, at the same time, offer unique opportunities for East-West cooperation in addressing these and other global challenges.

Dr. Neal Lane, who served as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and director of the National Science Foundation under U.S. President Bill Clinton, discusses the challenges of translating scientific knowledge into public policy. Dr. Lane currently serves as Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus.

The HPU Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability is made possible through a generous grant from Hawaiian Electric Industries. HPU is pleased to offer the series as a means of enhancing the intellectual life not only of the HPU community, but for Honolulu and the state. Admission to all lectures is free of charge although some lectures may require advanced registration. For more information or to suggest speakers, please contact president@hpu.edu.

Next Lecture: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 6 p.m., Dr. Inger Andersen, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.