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Science Envoy Travels to Indonesia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 1, 2011


U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Bruce Alberts will make his third visit to Indonesia from July 3-12. He will meet with senior government officials and representatives from the scientific, education, nonprofit, and business communities. He will discuss potential cooperation in engineering, information technology, public-private partnerships, and education. Dr. Alberts will also inaugurate the first U.S.-Indonesia Frontiers of Science, a program designed to foster scientific collaboration and the exchange of ideas among Indonesian and American scientists.

Dr. Alberts is a renowned biochemist and former President of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Science and is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, where he returned after serving as the president of the National Academy of Sciences.

The U.S. Science Envoy Program is a core element of the U.S. Government’s commitment to global engagement in science and technology. President Obama announced the program in Cairo in June 2009. Dr. Alberts began his term as Science Envoy in 2009 along with Dr. Ahmed Zewail of California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and Dr. Zerhouni of Johns Hopkins University. Between them, the first three science envoys have traveled to 11 different countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. In September 2010, three additional science envoys were named: Dr. Rita Colwell, Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, and Dr. Alice Gast.

The science envoys travel as private citizens, and advise the White House, the Department of State, and the U.S. scientific community about the insights they gain from their travels and interactions.

PRN: 2011/1104


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