William P. Butz

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William P. Butz "is president and chief executive officer of the Population Reference Bureau. Before joining PRB, he was senior economist at the RAND Corporation; associate director of the U.S. Census Bureau, where he was in charge of household surveys, international activities, and population estimates and projections; and division director for social and behavioral sciences at the National Science Foundation. His undergraduate and graduate education were at Indiana University and the University of Chicago, respectively, where he studied economics, statistics, and demography. He has taught economic development at UCLA and the University of California at Santa Barbara, served on numerous commissions and boards, and written more than 80 research and policy papers on a variety of topics related to economic demography, nutrition and health, and statistical and science policy. His recent research and writing have focused on the adequacy of the scientific and technical work force in the United States; the technology transfer process that links basic science to industrial production; implications of the worldwide adoption patterns of genetically modified crops; and fertility and migration policy options for the European Union. Since 2001, he has served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine, where his responsibilities include the social sciences, the Policy Forum, and the Education Forum." [1]

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  1. Staff and Trustees, Population Reference Bureau, accessed December 28, 2007.