On April 26 Dr. Lane will receive the Public
Welfare Medal which is the most prestigious award given
by the National Academy of Sciences. Established in 1914, the
medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science
for the public good. This award will be given to Dr. Lane for
his outstanding accomplishments and here two of them:
The first is the establishment of the NSF CAREER program for
young investigators if there are NSF CAREER awardees in
the audience, please raise your hand high ... and say THANK
And second is the establishment of the National Nanotechnology
Initiative, which this year has an annual budget of approximately
$1.5 billion. If there are nanotech researchers in the audience,
please raise your hand high ... and say THANK YOU NEAL!
And now I turn it over to Divya Goel.
of Dr. Lane by Divya Goel
Today, we are honored to welcome Dr. Lane, who was Presidential
Science Advisor to Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Lane
is a former provost at Rice University, where his tenure began
in 1966 when he joined the Department of Physics as an assistant
professor. He left Rice from 1984 to 1986 to serve as Chancellor
of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition,
while on leave from Rice from 1979 to 1980, he worked for the
National Science Foundation as the Director of the Division
He became Director of the National Science Foundation - the
entire agency - and member of the National science Board in
1993. Widely recognized as a distinguished scientist and educator,
Dr. Lane has written or co-authored more than 90 scientific
papers and publications in theoretical, atomic and molecular
physics, including a text book on quantum physics.
He earned his three degrees: bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D.,
from the University of Oklahoma, and is a Oklahoma native. His
thesis advisor Prof. Chun C. Lin is currently at the University
of WisconsinMadison and is today with us, so Dr. Lane has
some Wisconsin connections.
As an example of his single-minded dedication to research even
in his graduate student days, I learned from a trusted source,
he brought along with him a copy of "The Theory of Atomic
Collisions" by Mott and Massey during his honeymoon trip.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Lane.