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Spring 2011 Vol. 11 Number 1

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BRIEF TAKES(left to right) Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS, and executive publisher of Science; and National Research Council's Glenn Schweitzer

AAAS Recognizes Schweitzer's Science Diplomacy

At its annual meeting this year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science recognized Glenn E. Schweitzer "for his outstanding record of achievements in demonstrating the powerful role that high caliber science cooperation can have in building international relations." Schweitzer, director of the National Research Council's Office for Central Europe and Eurasia was chosen to receive the 2010 AAAS Science Diplomacy Award as a tireless advocate for international science cooperation and the role of science in foreign relations.

Schweitzer was honored for his efforts to engage Russia and Iran in science diplomacy, dating back to 1963 and 1999 respectively. His work has ranged from building lasting relationships with Soviet scientists during the Cold War to laying the groundwork for the Obama administration's efforts to foster scientific interaction and outreach with the Muslim world. He has also contributed to the field as the author of books, articles, and reports.

"Throughout Dr. Schweitzer's career, spanning more than 50 years, he has been a peerless advocate for using science to build dialogue between nations," said AAAS Chief International Officer Vaughan Turekian. "He has led the way in demonstrating how non-governmental organizations, including the National Academies and AAAS, can benefit foreign policy."

Schweitzer directed the Research Council study that produced the 1999 report "The Pervasive Role of Science, Technology, and Health in Foreign Policy," which led to the establishment of the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State and underscored the links between the State Department's science and technology capabilities and strategic goals. Schweitzer has also spent time developing relationships with Iranian scientists and facilitating cooperation between the U.S. National Academies and the Iranian Academy of Sciences.

(Excerpted from the AAAS press release; for more information on AAAS awards, see

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