EL PASO — Alan Leshner, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Association for Advancement of Science, will speak on “The Current Climate for Science & Technology” at 5 p.m. March 1.
His appearance comes one day before the grand opening of UTEP’s Chemistry and Computer Science Building – a state-of-the-art facility housing research and teaching in chemistry, computer science and computational science.
“Top-tier research demands top-tier facilities, and this new building promises to fit that bill,” Leshner said.
Leshner said the need for UTEP to share its research discoveries with various audiences was “critically important.”
“Science and technology are embedded in virtually every issue of modern life – as either a cause or a cure,” he said. “That makes it essential that all people, no matter their level of education or their life goals and profession, need at a minimum to have fundamental comfort and familiarity with science, lest they be left as stragglers in this age of technology.”
Leshner earned his Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. He has been awarded six honorary Doctor of Science degrees. He is also the executive publisher of the journal Science. Leshner has published more than 150 papers in both scientific and lay communities on topics including the biology of behavior, science and technology policy, science education and public engagement with science.
Leshner’s lecture will focus on the ultimate purpose of science and technology – the betterment of humankind, not just the pursuit of knowledge about the nature of the world. His lecture comes as the University continues to make achievements toward recognition as a national research university.
“We are honored that Dr. Alan Leshner will share with us his perspectives on science and technology as part of UTEP’s Centennial Lecture Series,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio.
Leshner's presentation will take place at the Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106, on the UTEP campus as the University’s next Centennial Lecture presenter.