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Oral history interview with Bruce M. Alberts, 2012.

Creator: Alberts, Bruce
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 3.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :transcript: 100 pages. + index.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

(b. 1938); Trustee at Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2001-2009; currently emeritus professor of biochemistry and biophysics at University of California San Francisco; childhood: born in Illinois, attended New Trier High School, influential assignment to discover how a television works; formal education: Harvard University, BA 1960, PhD 1965; edited science textbook; influences: James Watson, Governor Richard W. Riley, Governor Jim Hunt, Michele Cahill, Deborah Meier, David A. Hamburg, Vartan Gregorian, Sam Nunn; development of Science Education Partnership in San Francisco; elected president of National Academy of Sciences in 1993; chaired Genome Committee in 1987; development of national education standards; involvement with Carnegie Corporation in 1990s on "Years of Promise" report; invited to become a trustee at Carnegie Corporation; interplay between board members and staff; development and efficacy of programs: Small Schools movement, Teachers for a New Era, Taking Science to School, Next Generations Science Education Conceptual Framework, Opportunity Equation, Strategic Education Researcher Program; role and dynamics of the board of trustees on grant-making; involvement with Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; perspective on importance and failures of science education; comparison between No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top; travels: with Carnegie to Egypt and South Africa for libraries programs, Pakistan as science envoy for Barack Obama, India and China for Science Magazine; ethics and joys of foundation giving.


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