CCST Welcomes UC Davis Distinguished Professor Alexandra Navrotsky and UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale to Board of Directors
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The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has added two distinguished scientists to
its Board of Directors, which provides strategic vision and direction for CCST. The new appointees,
Albert Carnesale PhD of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Alexandra Navrotsky PhD
of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) join a board of distinguished leaders from
academia and industry, including those representing CCST's Sustaining Institutions and Federal
"Dr. Navrotsky and Dr. Carnesale have made exceptional contributions to their respective
scientific fields and applications on the global stage," says CCST Board Chair Charles F. Kennel
PhD. "Their deep insights and experiences into the societal importance of science and technology
will greatly inform CCST's mission and service to State leaders in California."
Albert Carnesale is Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at UCLA. He joined UCLA in 1997
and was Chancellor of the University through 2006, and Professor of Public Policy and of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering through 2015. He is the author or co-author of six books and more than 100
articles on a wide range of subjects, including national security strategy, arms control, and
nuclear proliferation. Under his leadership, UCLA garnered recognition and accolades for excellence
and launched numerous interdisciplinary endeavors, including the California NanoSystems Institute
and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine. Prior to his time at UCLA, he had a
distinguished 23-year career at Harvard University, where he served as Dean of the Kennedy School of
Government, and as Provost and Acting President. Carnesale is a Member of the National Academy of
Engineering and of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Alexandra Navrotsky is Distinguished Professor with appointments in the Departments of materials
Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, and Land, Air
and Water Resources at UC Davis. Professor Navrotsky's research interests lie at the intersection of
solid state chemistry, geochemistry, and materials science. Her work focuses on measuring
thermodynamic properties of solids and relating them to structural parameters, and chemical bonding
in a systematic fashion. She is Director of the UC Davis Organized Research Unit on Nanomaterials in
the Environment, Agriculture and Technology (NEAT-ORU) and has published more than 700 scientific
papers. Her numerous awards include the Urey Medal (the highest career honor of the European
Association of Geochemistry), the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science, the Roebling Medal - the
highest honor of the Mineralogical Society of America, the Goldschmidt Medal (the highest career
honor of the Geochemical Society), and the Kingery Award (the highest career honor of the American
Ceramic Society). She has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the
American Philosophical Society, and the World Academy of Ceramics.
"Chancellor Carnesale and Professor Navrotsky are joining us at a truly exciting time for CCST -
the 30th anniversary of our charter via the California State Legislature," says CCST Interim
Executive Director Amber Mace PhD. "CCST was created to help make California's policies stronger
with science, and I am truly excited to work alongside Dr. Carnesale and Dr. Navrotsky as we usher
in a new decade of policy service to the Golden State."
About the CCST Board of Directors
About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST engages leading experts in science
and technology to advise state policymakers - ensuring that California policy is strengthened
and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.
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