Dr. Steven E. Koonin was confirmed by the Senate on May 19, 2009, as the second Undersecretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Together with the Science Diplomats Club, the Office of Science and Technology organizes monthly Science Breakfasts, where a prominent member of the American science and technology community, speaks to an audience of counselors from embassies in Washington.
Since January 2007, these breakfasts have provided the 30-40 guests from 15-20 countries, with the opportunity to strengthen ties with American leaders in science and technology in a positive atmosphere. Visits from notable guests such as the Undersecretaries for Science in the Departments of Homeland Security and Energy as well as directors from NOAA, DARPA and the American Chemical Society have often led to further cooperation amongst their organizations.
October 2010 - Steven Koonin May 2010 - John Boright
Dr. John P. Boright is the Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs of the US National Academies (comprising science, engineering, and medicine).
March 2010 - Jane Lubchenco
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
February 2010 - Tobias Krantz and Charles Wessner
Dr. Tobias Krantz is Minister for Higher Education and Research in Sweden, and Dr. Charles Wessner is a National Academy Scholar and Director of the Program on Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. National Academies.
January 2010 - Gary Jones and Scott Deiter
J. Scott Deiter is Director of Technology Transfer and ORTA Representative for the Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Indian Head, Maryland. Gary Jones is the Washington, DC, Representative for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC).
December 2009 - Shere Abbott
Ms. Shere Abbott is Associate Director for Environment of the United States.
November 2009 - Deborah Stine
Dr. Deborah Stine is Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors Science and Technology (PCAST). She discussed “The Role of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in Policymaking"
October 2009 - Vint Cerf
Dr. Vint Cerf is one of the "Fathers of the Internet" and is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.
September 2009 - Leonard Hirsch
Dr. Leonard Hirsch discussed scientific programs of the Smithsonian, with emphasis on global environmental concerns, and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
June 2009 - Marc Stanley
Mr. Marc G. Stanley serves as Director of the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).