John Boright will talk about contrasts, relationships and lessons learned in his various roles as a government official on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear energy use, a United State Embassy and State Department science counselor, and at the National Academies building capacity and partnerships to meet major global challenges, especially in the least developed countries. His talk will cover perspectives on nuclear power in the context of climate change and nuclear risks, and cooperation to meet urgent human needs in the presence of issues of human rights and strong national policy disagreements.
In 1994-1995, Boright was Deputy to the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, after spending five years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Affairs at the Department of State overseeing U.S. science and technology agreements with other countries, and international space policy and program matters. In 1987-1989 he was Director of the Division of International Programs at the National Science Foundation, where he developed international cooperative arrangements and U.S. access to science and engineering in other countries, particularly with Japan and countries in Asia and Eastern Europe. Before that he worked for 10 years at Department of State and has worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the U.S. Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received his BA and PhD in physics from Cornell University.