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Scholarly Interest Report
Neal Lane
The Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy
  • B.S. (1960) University of Oklahoma (1960)
  • Ph.D. (1964) University of Oklahoma (1964)
  • M.S. (1962) University of Oklahoma (1962)
Primary Department
   Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department Affiliations
  • James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
    contact information
     The best way to reach Neal Lane is via email neal@rice.edu
     Neal Lane's Baker Institute web page
    Research Areas
     U.S. and International Science and Technology Policy
    Selected Publications

    Rahul Rekhi and Neal Lane ""Qualitative Metrics in Science Policy: What Can't be Counted Counts" in "Issues in Science and Engineering" (National Academies Press, Fall 2012, pp 21-24)." 


    Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Neal Lane and Kenneth M. Evans "U.S.Scientific Research and Development 202 (Scientific Progress, on-line, July 23, 2011)." 


    Marshall Cohen and Neal Lane "Biographical Memoir for Dr. William E. Gordon (former Provost of Rice University (on-line by National Academy of Sciences, 2011)." 


    Neal Lane ""Science Policy Tools: Time for an Update", ("Issues in Science and Engineering", National Academies Press, 2011, pp 31-38)." 


    Abbey, G., Lane, N. and Muratore, J. "Recommendations for NASA's Future in Flight." Editorial in "Space News" (also included in Baker Institute's "transition" papers) (Mar. 30, 2009)


    Greiner, W. and Lane, N. "Biographical Memoir for Dr. Allan Bromley (Science Advisor to President George Walker Bush)." National Academy of Science, on-line (2009)


    Lane, N. "Helping the President." editorial in "Science" magazine, 324 (Apr. 10, 2009) : 1.


    Lane, N. and Abbey, G. "United State Space Policy: Challenges and Opportunities Gone Astray." American Academy of the Arts and Sciences (2009)


    Lane, N. and Matthews, K. "The President's Scientists." Cell, 139 (Nov. 25, 2009) : 847-850.


    Cech, T., Chu, S. and Lane, N. "Physics Tomorrow." American Physical Society's APS News (2008)


    Gillis, M. and Lane, N. "Ideas that Will Actually Cut into Global Warming." Op-Ed, Houston Chronicle (Feb., 8, 2008)


    Lane, N. "Essay: American Physics, Policy and Politics: An Uneasy Relationship." American Physical Society's Physical Review Letters, 101 (Dec. 31, 2008)


    Lane, N. "Political Debate: A risk, but one that's worth taking." Nature Magazine, Correspondence Section (Feb., 2008)


    Lane, N. "Science in the Seat of Power." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jul./Aug. (2008) : 48.


    Lane, N. "U.S. Science and Technology - An Uncoordinated System That Seems to Work." J. Technology in Society, Special Issue "China, India and the United States", 30, #3-4 (Aug., Nov. 2008) : 248-263.


    Lane, N. and Abbey, G. "The U.S. space Program: Restoring Preeminence in Space Science and Exploration." Center for American Progress Action Fund (prepared for Presidential Transition", CAP website (2008)


    Gail, W.B., Macauley, M.K. and Lane, N. "In shadow of climate debate this country owes it to its future to set up a comprehensive file on data about Earth." Op-Ed, Viewpoints/Outlook Section of the Houston Chronicle (Jun. 23, 2007)


    Lane, N. "Comment on 'Science's Social Effects', Robert Frodeman and J Britt Holbrook ." in Issues in Science and Technology, Summer (2007) : 19-20.


    Currall, S.C., King, E.B., Lane, N., Madera, J. and Turner, S. "What Drives Public Acceptance of Nanotechnology?." Nature Nanotechnology, 1 (Dec., 2006) : 153-155.


    Lane, N. "Alarm Bells Should Help Us Refocus." Science , 312 (Jun. 30, 2006) : 1847.


    Lane, N. "Politics and Science: A Series of Lessons." (article based on lecture at The New School) in Social Research, 73 (Fall 2006) : 861.


    Casten, R. and Lane, N. "Obituary: David Allan Bromley." Physics Today (Sep., 2005)


    Lane, N. and Kalil, T. "The National Nanotechnology Initiative: Present at the Creation." Issues in Science and Technology, XXI #4 (Summer 2005) : 49-54.

     Book chapters

    Neal Lane "Foreward to book "The Impact of Global Warming on Texas", 2nd edition, ed. Jurgen Schmandt, Judith Clarkson and Gerald R. North (Univ. of Texas Press, 2011)." 


    Neal Lane "Foreward to book "The Joy of Quantum Physics" by Michael Morrison (Oxford Press, to be published, 2011)." In Revision


    Lane, N "Foreward to a book, "A History of Federal Science - from the New Deal to the Present", by William A. Blanpied (Rice University Press, Houston, Texas, 2010 ." "A History of Federal Science Policy - from the New Deal to the Present" by William A. Blanpied (2010)


    Neal Lane ""Threats to the Future of Science and Technology," based on lecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Co, in "Presidential Science Advisors: Perspectives and Reflections on Science, Policy and Politics," ed. Roger A. Pielke, Jr. and Roberta Klein (Springer Verlag, 2010)." 


    Lane, N. "Alex Dalgarno Symposium Dinner Remarks." Proceedings of the Dalgarno Celebratory Symposium (2009) : 379-388.


    Lane, N. "Foreward to book "Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology." 3rd Edition (also Forewards to 1st (2004) and 2nd Editions(2006)) (2009)


    Lane, N. "White House Office of Science and Technology Policy." Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President (2009) : 50.


    Lane, N. and Kalil, T. "In the Beginning: The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (Reprint of 2005 article in "Issues in Science Nanotechnology, XXI, v. 4, pp. 49-54, Summer 2005)." Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology (2007) : 80.


    Lane, N. "U.S. Science and Technology and the Role of the Federal Government." (paper prepared for U.S.-Chine Science and Technology Forum, Beijing, Oct., 2006 and included with proceedings of the forum) (2006)

     Conference Committee Member

    "International Space Medicine Summit, Rice Baker Institute, "Comments of the Importance of International Cooperation in Science", Rice Univ.." (May 18)

     Invited Talks

    "Rice Scientia Lecture, "The Rice Institutes - Present at the Creation", Rice Univ." (Mar. 13)


    "University of Texas Health Science Center, "Science and Religion in the 2012 Elections", UTHSC Houston." (Apr. r)


    "University of Texas at Austin Student Colloquium, "American Science Policy: From Order to Disorder - a Time for a Change?", Austin, TX." (Apr. 16)


    "Peking University and Tsinghua University, joint colloquium, "U.S. Science and Technology - Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead", Beijing." (June 9)


    "Rice University - Texas Medical Center Chapter of Sigma Xi Banquet talk, "Science and Technology - the Future of American Leadership"." (May 5)


    "University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Commencement talk, "The Unique Role of the Scientist in an Unsettled World"." (May 7)


    "21st Century American Science: A Case of Disorder and Uncertainty." University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (March 31, 2010)


    "21st Century American Science: A Case of Disorder and Uncertainty." University of Colorado, Graduate Student Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy, Boulder, Colorado. (September 23, 2010)


    "America's Science Challenges and Opportunities: Past, Present and Future." North Carolina State University, Scope Lecture, Raleigh, North Carolina. (April 10, 2010)


    "Reminiscences ." 100th Anniversary of the Physics Department, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. (Sept. 10, 2010)


    "Reorganizing/Rethinking Science Policy and Infrastructure to Meet Challenges of the Future." National Academies Committee on Science, Technology and Law, Washington DC. (Oct. 25, 2010)


    "Summary Remarks on Energy." Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): "Science in Japan Forum", Washington DC. (June 15, 2010)


    "The Birth of the National Nanotechnology Initiative." National Nanotechnology Initiative 10th Anniversary, Washington DC. (December 9, 2010)


    "The Uncertain Future of American Science: Coping with the Changing Climate and a Changing World." Duke University, Sanford Distinguished Lecture, Durham, North Carolina. (April 8, 2010)

     Keynote Speaker

    "Science for Knowledge and Innovation in the 21st Century: Or - A Team Effort." Workshop, Nanyang Technological University, Sinapore. (Jan., 2010)


    "Annual Meeting of the Federal Demonstraton Partnership, "Science Policy Tools - Time for and Update?", Washington D.C.." (Jan. 12)


    "Medal of Science Dinner in Honor of Richard Tapia, Remarks about Tapia's national service, Houston, TX." (Mar. 3)


    "Rice Baker Institute Conference on "Religion in the 2012 Elections", joint with Texas Freedom Network, Rice Baker Institute." (Jan. 25)


    "Rice Sino-US Student Conference, "U.S. Science and Technology - Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead", Rice Univ.." (Feb. 18)


    "Rice Statistics Department Anniversary, Remarks and Introduction of Guest Speaker, Stephen Stigler, Rice Univ.." (Apr. 9)


    "Rice Scientia "Conference on Research and Innovation in Undergraduate Natural Science and Engineering Education - Overview", Feb, 2011." (Feb. 12)


    "AAAS Annual Meeting Roundtable on "Enchancing Science and Technology Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region"." (Feb. 16)


    "Center of American Progress: Science Progress Roundtable, Washington D.C.." (Mar. 21)


    "National Academies NRC Workshop on "Measuring the Impacts of Federal Investments in Research", opening remarks as co-chair of workshop." (Apr. 18-19)


    "American Physical Society Annual Meeting, "What is the Way Forward", contributions to Pan on "American Science and America's Future", Atlanta Ga.

     ." (Apr. 2)


    "Sackler Colloquium on Science and Science Communicaton, "Presidential Science Advisors Session", (informal Q&A), National Academies, Washington D.C.." (may 22)


    "American Physical Socienty Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, panel on "Federal Funding and Budget Battles"." (Mar. 22)


    "American Physical Society Annual Meeting, Annaheim, Calif., Panel on "Science Diplomacy" (delivered by teleconference)." (May 3)


    "International Public Service Events Congress, panel on "Sense in Science", Washington D.C.." (Feb.17)


    "National Academies Panel: Challenges to Public Trust in Science: Lessons from the University of East Anglia/"Climate Gate Incident"." Beckman Center, Irvine, CA. (Feb. 18, 2010)


    "Panel:  The Future of Science - NSF Still Sprinting after 60 Years." AAAS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. (Feb., 2010)


    "Panel: Wobbly Three Legged Stool: Science Policy and the Public." AAAS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. (Feb., 2010)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Distinguished Friend of Science Award - SURA, Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) (Nov. 9, 2011)

     Public Welfare Medal - National Academy of Science, National Academy of Science (Apr. 26, 2009)

     K.T. Crompton Medal for Leadership in Physics - American Institute of Physics, American Institute (May 3, 2009)

     Gold Medal - Rice University Alumni, Rice University Alumni (May 8, 2009)

     Honorary DSc - University of Tulsa, University of Tulsa (2006)

     Honorary DSc - State University of New York, State University of New York (2002)

     Distinguished Alumni Award - University of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma (2002)

     Public Service Award - AMS, AAS, APS, Amer. Mathematical Society, Amer. Astronomical Society, Amer. Physical Society (2001)

     William D. Carey Award - AAAS, American Association for the Advancement of Society (2001)

     Honorary DSc - North Carolina State University, North Carolina State University (2001)

     Support of Science Award - Council of Scientific Societies Presidents, Council of Scientific Societies Presidents (2000)

     Philip Hauge Abelson Award - AAAS, American Association for the Advancement of Society (2000)

     Honorary DSc and HL - Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology (2000)

     Distinguished Service Award - NASA, NASA (2000)

     Honorary DSc - Queen's University, Belfast, No. Ireland, Queen's University, Belfast, No. Ireland (2000)

     Honorary DSc - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1999)

     Honorary DSc - University of Colorado, University of Colorado (1999)

     President's Award - American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, American Society of Mechanical Engineers International (1999)

     Distinguished Service Award - National Association of Biology Teachers, National Association of Biology Teachers (1999)

     Public Service Award - American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society (1999)

     Honorary DSc - Washington College, Washington College, Chesterton, MD (1998)

     Honorary DSc - Ohio State University, Ohio State University (1996)

     Honorary DHL - University of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma (1995)

     Honorary DSc - Michigan State University, Michigan State University (1995)

     Honorary DHL - Marymount University, Marymount University, Virginia (1995)

     Honorary DSc - University of Alabama, University of Alabama (1994)

     George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching - Rice University, Rice Univesity (1977)

     George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching - Rice University, Rice University Alumni (1974)

     Brown College Teaching Award - Rice University, Brown College, Rice University (1973)

     Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1967)