Lecture George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series
This year’s lecturer will be Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., chief executive officer emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former executive publisher of the Science family of journals. Leshner will speak about “Neuroscience and Society: Progress Since the Decade of the Brain.”
In 1990, then President George H.W. Bush designated the 1990s as the “Decade of the Brain” in order to raise awareness about the benefits of brain research. As his biography below indicates, Leshner was at the forefront of the research and scholarship initiated during that period — research that continues to this day.
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Alan I. Leshner is chief executive officer emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former executive publisher of the Science family of journals. Prior to attaining this position, Leshner operated as director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. He also served as deputy director and acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health and in several roles at the National Science Foundation. Before joining the government, Leshner was a professor of psychology at Bucknell University.
Leshner is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the National Academy of Public Administration and many others. He is a member of and served on the governing Council of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He also served two terms on the National Science Board, appointed first by President Bush and then reappointed by President Obama.
Leshner received his Ph.D. and M.S. in physiological psychology from Rutgers University and earned an A.B. in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. He has been awarded seven honorary Doctor of Science degrees.