Thursday, November 12, 2009

Heather Appointed to Science Panel

This news came in late last night:

Weeks after she announced she wouldn't be seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson of Albuquerque says she's has been appointed to a National Research Council committee to conduct "a 12 month study of Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effect on U.S. National Security."

This study is being sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency and, Wilson says, will "examine science and technology strategies of countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China, Japan and Singapore and compare them to U.S. strategies."

Here's the rest of the news release:

Dr. Dan Mote, President of the University of Maryland, will chair the sixteen member committee that will meet several times over the next six months before writing a report with recommendations.

National Research Council (NRC) functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The four organizations are collectively referred to as the National Academies. The National Academies is one of the most respected scientific and technical institutions in the country.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the National Academies is a private, nonprofit institution that provides science, technology and health policy advice under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln that was originally granted in 1863. Publishing more than 200 reports and related publications each year, the institution is one of the largest providers of free scientific and technical information in the world.

The mission of the NRC is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Wilson earned a BS from the US Air Force Academy and Masters and Doctoral Degrees from Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. While in Congress, she chaired the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence and was awarded Distinguished Service Awards from both the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence when she left the Congress. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Although Wilson decided against the governor run, in the past week she's been vocal in her criticism of Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and the controversy over Denish's use of federal funds to pay public relations contracters, etc.

Wilson was in Congress from 1998 until last year. She lost to Steve Pearce in last year's GOP primary for U.S. Senate.