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Sidelining Science: How Did We Get Here, Why Does It Matter, and What Do We Do About It?
Wednesday, December 5, 2018,
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Support for science and reliance on scientific facts is eroding in Washington, with some attempting to permanently sideline science from the policymaking process. However, many people recognize that engaged scientists, together with an informed public, make for a stronger democracy and that sound science matters to the quality of our drinking water, to our energy decisions, and to public welfare and prosperity. What should our expectations be for the future leaders of New Hampshire and the nation?
Join Andrew Rosenberg (Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy) for a presentation on just how serious this cultural rejection of science has become, and Abigail Abrash Walton (Director of the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability program in the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England) to learn about new research regarding scientists’ beliefs and behaviors about the public policy process and how scientists are mobilizing and building their capacity to engage.
Following the presentations, Jeremy Wilson (Executive Director, Harris Center for Conservation Education), Nora Traviss (Professor of Environmental Studies, Keene State College) and Phil Suter (President, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce) will join us for a panel discussion on why support for science among future leaders is not only warranted, but essential.
Wednesday, December 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Norma Walker Hall (previously Centennial Hall) in the Alumni Center at Keene State College. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP online here. For more information, please contact Roger Stephenson at (603) 770-9484 or by email.
Cosponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Keene State College Departments of Environmental Studies and Biology, Antioch University New England, the Harris Center for Conservation Education, and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce.