by Sandy Kaczmarski
Kaneville—Gerald Blazey knew the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy was looking for someone. The distinguished research professor of physics at Northern Illinois University said a casual inquiry was made.
Now Blazey, who acts as special advisor for science to NIU President John Peters, will be advising another president—Barack Obama. Blazey has accepted a two-year post as senior policy advisor for the physical sciences in the OSTP.
“I was honored (the inquiry) led to an offer to join the office,” Blazey said.
He’s already moved into his office in the White House complex.
The Kaneville resident will be responsible for physical science policy issues in the federal government in his role as assistant director for physical sciences. He will be involved with formulating policy for the justification, planning, management and coordinator of activities.
“My focus is on large physics initiatives involving multiple agencies,” he said.
The OSTP provides scientific and technical advice to President Obama and others in the Executive Office of the President.
Blazey will take a two-year leave of absence from the university. He said he’s excited to play a “small role” in the big picture of the country’s science program.
Blazey joined the faculty at NIU in 1996 after being recognized as a top scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.
“High energy physics is at a crossroads,” Blazey said. “I’m hoping my expertise in this area in particular will be of assistance. It also will be exciting to learn more about all of the other science programs nationwide.”
“High energy physics is at a crossroads. I’m hoping my expertise in this area
in particular will be of
assistance. It also will be
exciting to learn more
about all of the
other science programs
Kaneville resident, White House advisor