Obama to nominate Bienenstock to National Science Board

March 13th, 2012

Arthur Bienenstock Photo by L.A. Cicero

ARTHUR BIENENSTOCK, special assistant to President John Hennessy for federal research policy, will be nominated by PRESIDENT OBAMA to be a member of the National Science Board, the White House announced March 9.

Bienenstock, professor emeritus of photon science at Stanford, also is director of Stanford’s Wallenberg Research Link, which facilitates and coordinates visits to Stanford by Swedish individuals and groups from academia, industry and government. During his career at Stanford, Bienenstock also has served as vice provost and dean of research and graduate policy, a position he held from 2003-06, and directed the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 1978-97.  His research focuses in the general areas of solid-state physics, amorphous materials and synchrotron radiation. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in these areas.

From 1997 to 2001, while on leave from Stanford, Bienenstock served as associate director for science of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), during the Clinton administration.

He has served as president of the American Physical Society and chair of The Council of Scientific Society Presidents. The National Science Board serves as the governing board of the National Science Foundation, and its members serve as advisers to the president of the United States and to Congress. School of Education Dean CLAUDE STEELE currently serves as a member of the National Science Board.