Boston University Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Joins Ncse Board of Directors

in BU In the Community, News Releases, Science & Technology
June 11th, 2001

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(Boston, Mass.) — Dr. Christopher R. Reaske, vice president for development and alumni relations at Boston University, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE). The NCSE, founded in 1990, works closely with community representatives that play key roles in creating and using scientific knowledge in shaping environmental policy.

Reaske, who has been with Boston University since 1995, is a self-taught marine biologist who has written many books on ecology, nature, and marine life. At the request of Boston University president Jon Westling, Reaske has been involved in the NCSE for more than two years, giving advice on how university faculties can seek federal funding for research.

“The NCSE is very focused on ensuring that environmental policy is science-based, as opposed to politics-based,” says Reaske. “Boston University’s faculty members seek federal funding for research, and I would like to work through this organization to make sure government allocations keep a focus on hard-science research at universities.”

As a board member, Reaske hopes to develop action plans and assist with fundraising to strengthen the NCSE, as well as work with other universities to co-host science conferences.

The NCSE consists of universities, businesses, government organizations, and stakeholders who are interested in ecology and lobby for hard science-based research. It has 1,300 affiliated university members, including Boston University, and recently set a goal of providing an additional $1 billion-per-year for environmental research, assessment, and education grants over the next five years.

Other members of the NCSE’s board of directors include Malcolm Gillis, president of Rice University; Dr. Donald Langenberg, chancellor of the University of Maryland system; and Robert S. McNamara, former Secretary of Defense and CEO of Ford Motor Company. Reaske, a resident of Lexington, received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard University in 1968. He is a former vice president of academic affairs and professor of English at Franklin Pierce College. He is an avid hunter for mussels, lobsters, and crabs along the New England and Long Island coastlines, and has written many books on marine life, including Ecology: A Writer’s Handbook (Random House, 1972); The Compleat Clammer (Nick Lyons Books, 1986; rev. 1999); and The Compleat Book of Crabs and Lobsters (Lyons and Burford, 1989; rev. 1999). He is currently writing a book on human interaction with ice and how ice is a key element in ecology, sports, and business.

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