CCST Appoints Seven New Senior Fellows
By M. DANIEL DECILLIS
| Mar. 28, 2017
CCST has appointed seven new members to its roster of Senior Fellows,
expanding the scope of this distinguished network of scholars and experts and honoring
their long-standing commitments to science and technology in California.
"The Senior Fellows serve as a tremendous resource for CCST," said CCST Executive Director
Susan Hackwood. "We draw on their knowledge and experience both to produce the best possible
analyses and to help share the results of these analyses with the right people at all levels of
The Senior Fellows Program is designed to help CCST tap into the most relevant expertise for any given
area of analysis. The network of 138 scientists and technical experts, all distinguished members of their
respective fields, helps provide CCST with the knowledge base necessary to fulfill its mandate. The relationship of Senior Fellows
with CCST parallels that of the Members of the National Academy of Sciences with the National
Academies: Senior Fellows work with CCST to provide politically neutral, expert advice and
The newly appointed Senior Fellows include many people with longstanding involvement with CCST:
Warren Baker, President Emeritus, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Jens Birkholzer, Divison Director, Energy Geosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
George Blumenthal, Chancellor, University of California Santa Cruz
Julie Meier Wright, Former Secretary of Trade & Commerce and Retired President & CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
Karl Pister, Chancellor Emeritus, University of California Santa Cruz
Jeffrey Rudolph, President and CEO, Californai Science Center
Robert F. Sawyer, University of California Berkeley
Several of the newly appointed Senior Fellows have already dedicated years of service to CCST in different capacities, most notably
Karl Pister, who served as CCST Board Chair for 21 years. Warren Baker is also a former CCST Board member; George
Blumenthal, Julie Meier Wright, and Jeffrey Rudolph have previously served on the CCST Council.
"We look forward to working with all our new Senior Fellows, both those who have served with CCST before and those
who are new to us," said Hackwood. "We're thankful for their dedication in helping us to make California stronger with science."
M. Daniel DeCillis, PhD is the Spotlight editor and a Senior
Research Associate at the California Council on Science and Technology.
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit
organization established via the California State Assembly - making California's policies stronger
with science since 1988. CCST provides California's Executive and Legislative Branches with
independent scientific advice, convening a diverse network of expertise spanning California's public
and private universities, community colleges, and Federal research laboratories.
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