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Edward G. Derrick
Edward G. Derrick, PhD
Chief Program Director, Center of Science, Policy & Society Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Areas of expertise: Science and society; research competitiveness; U.S. science policy
Language(s) spoken: English
PIO Contact: Earl Lane
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Edward Derrick became director of the AAAS Center of Science, Policy & Society Programs in July 2011 after serving as deputy director then acting director of the AAAS Science and Policy Programs. The Center of Science, Policy & Society Programs bridges the science and engineering community on one side, and policymakers and the interested public on the other. The programs address an array of topics in science and society, including the interplay of science with religion, law and human rights; they also connect scientists and policymakers through programs in science and government, including the S&T Policy Fellowship program; and help improve the conduct of research through peer review and discussion of standards of responsible conduct. As chief program director, Dr. Derrick oversees the programs, which combined have a staff of about 35 and an annual budget of over $15 million, and serves as a member of senior management at AAAS.
Ed first joined AAAS in 1998 as a member of the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP). RCP provides review and guidance to the science and innovation community. He became director of the program in January 2004, with responsibility for the development of new business and oversight of all aspects of the design and execution of projects. Ed has participated directly in over 50 RCP projects, having led committees to assist state and institutional planning for research, to review research centers and institutions and to advise state and international funds on major investments.
He holds the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, with a dissertation in theoretical particle physics, and the B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with an undergraduate thesis in biophysics. Between degrees, he worked for Ontario Hydro in the Nuclear Studies and Safety Division. Prior to joining AAAS, he spent two years as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany.
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