Cybersecurity and civil society topic at Rice’s Baker Institute April 23


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Cybersecurity and civil society topic at Rice’s Baker Institute April 23

HOUSTON – (April 15, 2014) – American computer scientist and former U.S. government official Anita Jones will discuss the balance between personal computer privacy and national security interests at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 23. This Baker Institute Civic Scientist Lecture Series event is open to the public.

Who: Anita Jones, department chair and the Owen R. Cheatham Professor of Computer Science Emeritus at the University of Virginia.

Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute and former science adviser to President Bill Clinton, will give welcoming remarks.

What: “Civic Science Lecture Series – Anita Jones on Cybersecurity and Civil Society” event.

When: Wednesday, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Jones, a Rice alumna, joined the University of Virginia as a professor and the chair of the Computer Science Department in 1988. From 1993 to 1997 she served as director of defense research and engineering at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she oversaw the department’s research laboratories, science and technology program, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. She has also served as vice chair of the National Science Board, co-chair of the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission and a member of the Defense Science Board.

The event, which is part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series, is co-hosted by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program, Rice’s Brown School of Engineering, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and Wiess School of Natural Sciences.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.