Ballon ’01 Serves as California Legislature Advisor

Beginning this month, Daniel R. Ballon ’01 will serve as a California legislature advisor,  one of 10 fellows taking part in a first-of-its kind statewide program designed to provide legislators with access to experts in science and technology to help them evaluate the proposals before them.

Ballon, a Phi Beta Kappa Wesleyan graduate with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry and Russian language and literature, earned his Ph.D in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously a senior policy fellow in technology studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. As a fellow, he will work the Assembly Minority Leader/Republican Caucus and serve a one-year term.

The program is administered through the California Council on Science and Technology in conjunction with universities and several foundations and operates at no cost to the taxpayers.

More information is in a recent edition of The Mercury-News and the Pacific Research Institute web site.