(Memphis)—C. Paul Robinson, president emeritus and former laboratory director of Sandia National Laboratories, will be the speaker at the M. L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture Series at Christian Brothers University on Thursday, November 2, 2006. Dr. Robinson will speak on “The Energy ‘Facts of Life’ Worldwide” in Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall at 7 p.m.
During his ten years as its president, Robinson managed the operation and growth of Sandia National Laboratories from a $1.3 billion annual budget to more than $2.4 billion and greater than 8,500 full-time employees. Under his leadership, SNL diversified its mission support activities to include larger efforts in nuclear weapons design and development, non-proliferation and material control around the world, counterterrorism, homeland security, and support for the Defense Department and intelligence communities.
A member since 1991 of the Strategic Advisory Group for the Commander, US Strategic Command, Robinson chaired the Policy Panel from 1992 to 2005. He became a member of the NASA Advisory Council in August 2006. He served as the chairman of the U.S Presidential Technical Advisory Group on Verification of Warhead Dismantlement and Special Nuclear Materials Controls. He previously served on the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee. He serves on Defense Science Board studies, routinely provides advice to many other government agencies, and has testified before the US Congress more than 80 times.
Robinson served as chief negotiator and head of the US Delegation to the US/USSR Nuclear Testing Talks in Geneva, 1988-90. These negotiations produced protocols to the Threshold Test Ban Treaty and the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty.
Dr. Robinson holds a B.S. in physics from Christian Brothers University and a Ph.D. in physics from Florida State University, and also received an honorary doctorate from Christian Brothers University.
Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Seidman established the M.L. Seidman Memorial Town Hall Lecture Series in memory of M.L. Seidman. Mr. M.L. Seidman was the founder of an international accounting firm who maintained an active interest in public issues.
A series of lectures is scheduled each year in which recognized authorities on current public issues are presented in a town hall forum. In each series, opposing points of view on the public issue are developed and the active participation of students, faculty and members of the Memphis community is encouraged. The lecture series is in its 40th year.
Dr. Robinson’s address is open to the public, and reservations are recommended. For more information or to RSVP for the M.L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture Series at Christian Brothers University, call the CBU Advancement Office at 901-321-3270, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.