The McClure Lectures on Science and Public Policy – named for former United States Senator and University of Idaho alumnus James A. McClure – aims to strengthen the relationship between science and public policy making by introducing University of Idaho students and the people of Idaho to significant topics in this area.
Past McClure Lecture speakers include:
- Douglas Brinkley - Award-winning author and Theodore Roosevelt Scholar
- Howard Berkes, award-winning rural affairs correspondent for National Public Radio
- Vice Admiral John J. Grossenbacher, (Ret.), laboratory director, Idaho National Laboratory
- Dale N. Bosworth, former chief, U.S. Forest Service
- John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., former governor of Oregon
- Sheldon Krimsky, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, Tufts University
- Walter Rosenbaum, professor of political science, University of Florida
- Susan F. Wood, former Food and Drug Administration assistant administrator for women’s health and director of the Office of Women’s Health
About Senator McClure
James A. McClure spent 24 years in the U.S. Congress. A native of Payette, Idaho, McClure attended public school, served in the Navy during World War II, and graduated from the Idaho College of Law in 1950. He served on the U.S. House of Representatives before his election as senator in 1952. As chairman of the powerful Senate Energy Committee and in other leadership positions, Senator McClure learned firsthand the challenges of relating scientific information to public policy.