Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2013


U.S. Science Envoy Susan Hockfield will travel to Turkey May 13-17. On her first trip as an envoy, Dr. Hockfield will visit Ankara and Istanbul. While there, she will meet senior-level government officials and representatives from the academic, scientific and NGO communities to promote cooperation and achieve mutual goals in science and technology. This visit builds upon the inaugural high-level science and technology meeting held in Ankara on April 3 and 4 between the United States and Turkey.

President Obama announced the U.S. Science Envoy Program in Cairo on June 4, 2009. Since the program’s inception, seven of America’s finest scientists have traveled to 20 countries on behalf of the U.S. Government to promote international partnerships through scientific collaboration.

Dr. Hockfield was President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from December 2004 through June 2012. She currently holds a Professor of Neuroscience appointment at MIT and Marie Curie Visiting Professor appointment at Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Hockfield received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, and her PhD from Georgetown University.

For further information, please contact Patrick Hudak at hudakpm@state.gov (202) 647-3253.



PRN: 2013/0565