"The Honest Broker": bridges Columnist Kicks off the "bridges Lecture Series" with Talk on the Roles of Scientists in S&T Policy

bridges vol. 14, July 2007 / Feature article
by Juliet M. Beverly

On June 27, Dr. Roger A. Pielke, Jr. came all the way from Oxford, Great Britain, to the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC, ready to usher in the "bridges Lecture Series." Pielke, director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research in Boulder, CO, is currently spending a one-year sabbatical in Great Britain. Landing at Dulles International Airport a few hours before the event, the long-time bridges columnist made his first visit to the embassy, where the empty seats filled within minutes of his arrival with over 160 guests who had come to hear him speak.

Pielke's talk marked the kickoff for a sequence of talks on science and technology policy that will showcase some of bridges' most renowned guest contributors, bringing them for at least one evening from the virtual world of an online magazine to a "real world" audience.

pielke_and_steger_small.jpgbridges columnist Roger Pielke (left) and former OST director Philipp Steger (right)

While the event symbolized a new beginning for bridges, it also marked an end. " ... We feel that tonight offers the perfect opportunity to show that even if a person's time at an institution is coming to an end ... his legacy will last," said Caroline Adenberger, editor-in-chief of bridges, who introduced the event. She was referring to the departing director of the OST, Dr. Philipp Steger, and added, "It will last because of what Philipp [Steger] has envisioned and what he has created over the last years at the OST," pointing out that without Steger's vision and leadership neither the OST nor bridges would be in existence today.

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