We were very excited to meet our invited keynote Rush Holt (center) at this year’s STC Directors annual meeting, which BEACON organized. In his keynote address, Dr. Holt discussed how NSF-funded Science and Technology Centers like BEACON can help take on one of the greatest challenges facing the scientific community: communicating science and promoting evidence-based thinking among policymakers and the public.
Holt started his career as a physicist, heading a lab at Princeton. He then served as New Jersey’s U.S. Representative for 16 years. He is now the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Executive Publisher of the Science family of journals. Holt also beat the IBM computer Watson on an exhibition match of Jeopardy!