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Rush Holt Seminar

Science and the Citizen
Science and the Citizen


The College of Science will present a seminar titled “Science and the Citizen” with Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., scientist and politician this fall. Holt’s free talk will be followed by a reception, and the event is open to faculty, staff and students. Please register if you plan to attend this seminar.

  • WHEN: 3 p.m. Sept. 10
  • WHERE: Madren Conference Center Ballroom

Meet Dr. Holt

Holt became the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt led the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering membership organization. Holt retired from this position in July 2019. Rush Holt headshot

Over his career, Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator and policymaker. From 1989–1998, he was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. At PPPL, Holt helped establish the lab's nationally renowned science education program. From 1980 to 1988, he was on the faculty of Swarthmore College, where he taught courses in physics and public policy. In 1982, he took leave from Swarthmore to serve as an AAAS/American Physical Society Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill.

Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District. In Congress, Holt served as a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, he established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education and innovation. He served on the National Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (known as the Glenn Commission), founded the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, and served as a co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus. His legislative work earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Scientific American magazine's “50 National Visionaries Contributing to a Brighter Technological Future” and a “Champion of Science” by the Science Coalition.

Holt is married to Margaret Lancefield, a physician, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

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