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  Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Former MIT president to deliver Towsley lecture

Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Charles M. Vest will deliver the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation lecture on "Improving the U.S. Intelligence Community—Lessons from Iraq, Libya, and Elsewhere," at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Michigan Ballroom.

The talk is part of Vest's visit to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he is the Towsley Policymaker in Residence. The Towsley program at the Ford School brings a policymaker to campus for an extended period of time to teach, write and talk with faculty and students. As part of the fall 2005 Towsley Policymaker Program, Vest will teach a mini-course on the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. science policy.

Vest was president of MIT for 14 years, retiring in 2004. He was the dean of engineering at U-M from 1986-89, and also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at U-M from January 1989-August 1990.

Vest served as a member of the Robb-Silberman Commission on Intelligence and Weapons of Mass Destruction. That commission was appointed by President Bush in February 2004 to examine the capabilities and challenges of the United States intelligence community to collect and process information concerning the activities of foreign powers and their potential for the use of weapons of mass destruction. The commission presented its final report to the president on March 31, 2005.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, e-mail:

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