Reception: Dr. Rita Colwell, U.S. Science Envoy for S & SE Asia, Feb 8

When: Wed, Feb 8th 2012 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: New World Saigon Hotel, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1

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Event Background

The U.S. Science Envoy program is to promote U.S. global engagement in science and technology, deepen existing ties and foster new relationships with international counterparts and gain insights from other nations about potential areas of collaboration that will help address global challenges and achieve shared goals.

Among her other activities while in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Colwell will participate in a roundtable at the HCM City University of Technical Education on the topic: Universities as Engines of Growth: How Government and Industry Can Support University-led Innovation, which will allow for discussion of how governments and industry can support critical university-led research and development. The United States has a strong history of such support, and Dr. Colwell has direct experience and expertise in the area. Key stakeholders from government, industry, and the university community will attend.


5:30pRegistration of Participants
6:15pWelcome and Remarks
.Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Rita Colwell
.Brief Remarks by Dr. Rita Colwell
.Reception continues
8:30p Event Ends


750 kvnd/member1,000 kvnd/non-member

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About Dr. Rita Colwell

Dr. Rita Colwell, U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Rita Colwell is Chairman of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world.

Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004. In her capacity as NSF Director, she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. One of her major interests include K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering.

Before going to NSF, Dr. Colwell was President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University Maryland. She was also a member of the National Science Board from 1984 to 1990.

Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. Government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. She is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 700 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. She is recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, the world´s most prestigious prize for outstanding achievements in water-related activities, awarded on September 9, 2010 by the King of Sweden.

Dr. Colwell has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology and also as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, the Sigma Xi National Science Honorary Society, and the International Union of Microbiological Societies. Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Colwell has also been awarded 40 honorary degrees from institutions of higher education, including her Alma Mater, Purdue University. Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, France, Israel, Bangladesh, and the U.S. and has held several honorary professorships, including the University of Queensland, Australia. A geological site in Antarctica, Colwell Massif, has been named in recognition of her work in the polar regions.

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Dr. Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics, from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington.

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