sponsored by the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee

RichHarrisSunday, April 10, 2011
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Washington DC Convention Center, Ballroom C

Moderator: Richard Harris, National Public Radio

Scientists have often been viewed as objective purveyors of truth, but, as scientific issues dominate political discourse, both sides of prominent political debates claim to have “science” on their side.  Whether the issue is global climate change, stem-cell research, energy policy, or evolution education, politics is charged with “scientific” information. 

Elizabeth Blackburn, UCSF Nobel Laureate, James McCarthy, Harvard University climate change expert and Michael Specter, New Yorker staff writer and author of "Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives", will discuss the implications and societal impacts of the politicization of science.  How does the use of science for political purposes affect the credibility of science? How does the political climate involving science affect the public’s trust in science and its findings? How can scientists communicate more effectively, promote the distribution of accurate scientific information and maintain credibility?


Elizabeth H. Blackburn,  Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, awarded jointly in 2009
University of California San Francisco


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James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University,
Chairman of the Board: Union of Concerned Scientists and
Co-chair of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC


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Michael Specter, The New Yorker and Author of "Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives"


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