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Rebecca Richards-Kortum named U.S. Science Envoy

20 June 2018

Rebecca Richard-Kortum
Rebecca Richard-Kortum

SPIE Fellow Rebecca Richards-Kortum the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University, a professor of bioengineering, and the director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, has been selected by the United States Department of State to serve as a US science envoy.

The Science Envoy Program selects renowned and distinguished American scientists to promote the United States’ commitment to science, technology and innovation as tools of diplomacy and economic growth. Since its launch in 2009, only 23 scientists have been selected for this prestigious position. As a Science Envoy for Health Security, Richards-Kortum will focus on expanding access to American engineering research and curriculum to build engineering capacity and opportunities for U.S. collaboration on the continent of Africa.

Richards-Kortum is a much-honored bioengineer and global health pioneer, most notably winning a coveted "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation in 2016. She is a fellow of many research organizations including SPIE, who awarded her the rank of Fellow in 2017. She was recognized for achievements in biophotonics and global health as well as her countless contributions to the Society, including publishing dozens of articles and proceedings, and serving as session and conference chair at events.

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