Board Member Bruce Darling Named Executive Officer of NAS and NRC
Bruce Darling, CCST Board member and UC Vice President for Laboratory
Management, will be the new Executive Officer of the NAS and NRC. Image courtesy the National Academies.
CCST Board member Bruce Darling, vice president for
laboratory management at the University of California, has
been selected as Executive Officer of the National Academy of
Sciences and the National Research Council. Darling will
transition to his new position over the next several
"I cannot think of a better choice for the position of
Executive Officer," said CCST Board Chair Karl Pister. "He
possesses keen insights of the complex problems of large
institutions and their interface with the public, the private
sector and state and federal governments. Bruce will be sorely
missed in both the University of California and CCST.
My hope is that his love of the Sierra will bring him back to California often."
At the University of California (UC), Darling has been
responsible for management oversight of the three national
laboratories operated by the university for the U.S.
Department of Energy: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
and Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories.
In his new position, he will lead the National Research
Council and coordinate the activities of the National Academy
of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the
Institute of Medicine, which are tasked with providing
scientific advice to the federal government.
"There are few institutions with the credibility,
independence, integrity, and track record of the National
Academies," said Darling. "What attracts me to this new
position is that the Academies have an unparalleled history of
helping the country address a wide range of complicated,
vexing problems. Science, engineering and medicine have
illuminated the workings of our physical world, improved the
lives of our citizens, created products and services that
generate jobs that give purpose and meaning to our lives, and
helped us make progress in addressing challenges ranging from
the environment to healthcare. Simply stated, the scientific
community is critical to our future well being."
In addition to his position at UC, Darling has long been
engaged in the process of helping the scientific community
advise policymakers, having served as a CCST Board member
"Many states have sought expert advice on public policy
challenges from scientists, engineers and physicians," he
said. "The creation of the California Council on Science and
Technology was a farsighted act by [founding legislators] John
Garamendi and Sam Farr. It has proven to be a superb way to
harness the expertise of the state's research institutions,
and it has provided a forum for us to work together in an
organized and thoughtful way."
While the National Academies operate on a much larger scale
than CCST - the Academies collectively publish approximately
300 reports each year - the two organizations have much in
common, said Darling, who noted that strong ties already exist
between the two.
"I will be excited to continue to work with CCST," said
Darling. "California is the leading science and technology
state in the country, and is a geopolitical entity in its own
right - there is a similar need for impartial S&T analysis and
advice at both the state and national levels. I envision
continuing the active working relationship between the
National Academies and CCST in the years to come."
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