Is Science on Trial? GW Event to Explore the Politicizing of Research

Free event Wednesday will feature CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Is Science on Trial?
January 25, 2016

A panel of experts from the scientific community will convene Wednesday at the George Washington University to discuss science, research and technology as it pertains to the 2016 race for the White House.

Is Science on Trial?

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3-4 p.m.*
Where: Jack Morton Auditorium
Tickets: Free

*Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Is Science on Trial? Science, Politics and the 2016 Election will address how scientific research has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.)—one of Congress’ most prominent global warming skeptics—recently accused federal scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of colluding to alter data in a pivotal global warming study. The fight, which has led to a congressional subpoena, is the latest in an unfolding battle between the freedom of researchers and the nation’s right to know what is being done with public money.

Wednesday’s discussion will explore how the 2016 presidential election may affect research budgets and evidence-based policy making. The panel will be moderated by Science magazine Senior News Correspondent Jeffrey Mervis and features:

  • Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-N.J.)
  • Allison Macfarlane, director of GW’s Center for International Science & Technology Policy and the former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Dahlia Sokolov, minority staff director of the Research and Technology Subcommittee (part of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee)
  • Al Teich, professor of science, technology and international affairs at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy
  • Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute