December 13, 2001
Proenza, Healy join president’s science panel
By PAUL M. KRAWZAK
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON — Luis M. Proenza, president of the University of Akron, and outgoing American Red Cross President Bernadine Healy are among 22 scientists, academics and others appointed to President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
“I’m deeply honored,” Proenza said after he and others met with Bush on Wednesday as the appointments took effect. They do not require Senate confirmation.
Healy, previously dean and professor of medicine at Ohio State University and chairman of the Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, also attended the meeting.
The 24-member council advises the president on science and technology issues. It is part of the president’s Office of Science and Technology Policy next to the White House in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The council meets four times a year.
Members are not paid.
As a neurobiologist, Proenza, 56, has experience “relevant to bioterrorism issues and other issues that we have,” said John H. Marburger III, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. With his experience at universities, he also “knows a lot
about” the shortage of Americans with technological training, Marburger said.
Proenza ventured that he was appointed to the council “because I’ve been in science and technology policy at various stages of my career.”
He served on the National Biotechnology Policy Board and other government, business and scientific panels. In 1992, the previous President Bush appointed him to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. He worked as a professor, dean or administrator at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, University of Georgia and Purdue University.
Proenza supported Bush in the presidential race and contributed $1,000 to his campaign, according to Proenza and Federal Election Commission records.
During the council’s organizational meeting Wednesday, the administration asked members to focus on four topics. The one Proenza is most interested in, he said, is investment in science and technology and its economic benefits. The council also will study
infrastructure in the 21st century, energy and energy efficiency, and science and technology and their role in combating terrorism.
Among others appointed to the council are Charles M. Vest, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stephen B. Burke, president of Comcast Corp.