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Historically public opinion has upheld science as a worthy mechanism for identifying truth, and has consequently relied on the scientific community to inform policymakers and the public on issues of national scientific importance for at least the last half-century. Uncertainty of science's objectivity—from inside and outside the scientific community—could threaten to destabilize the cultural authority of science and its position within public policy.

This meeting considered the trends in public opinion of science, and examined potential sources of mistrust both internal and external to the science community. The meeting also considered the ways in which cross-sector collaboration between government, universities, and industry may improve public trust in science and scientific institutions in the future.


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
 

6:30-8:30 pm

 

Dinner and Keynote Address

  • Shawn Otto, Co-founder of ScienceDebate.org and author of The War on Science 
  • Moderator: Gordon England, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair; Chair of the Board, PFP Cybersecurity and V1 Analytical Solutions
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
 
8:00-8:15 am


 
 

Welcome Remarks 

  • Laurie Leshin, GUIRR University Co-Chair; President of Worcestor Polytechnic Institute
8:15-9:00 am 

Measuring Public Trust in Science

  • Cary Funk, Associate Director of Research at Pew Research Center
9:00-9:45 am 

Examining Public Mistrust and the Polarization of Science  

  • Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School
  • Gordon Gauchat, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
9:45 am-10:30 am
 Small Group Discussion with Facilitators
  • Toby Smith, Vice President for Policy at the Associate of American Universities 
  • David Rejeski, Director of the Technology, Innovation, and the Environment Program at the Environmental Law Institute
  • David Goldston, Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Rachel Levinson, Executive Director of National Research Initiatives at Arizona State University
 
11:00 am-12:30 pm Science Communication and New Media 
  • Rick Borchelt, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Susan Matthews, Senior Science Editor at Slate
  • Joe Palca, Science Correspondent at National Public Radio
 
1:30-2:15 pm Organizing Science to Regain Trust in Today's Political Climate
  • Dan Sarewitz, Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and Professor of Science and Society at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
 
2:15-3:00 pm Back to Basics: The Role of Science in Society
  • Arati Prabhakar, Former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
 
    
3:00-3:30 pm 

GUIRR Project Updates 

 
    
3:30 pm
       
Adjourn
 


Keynote Presentation by Shawn Otto
Founder of ScienceDebate.org and author, The War on Science

 

Shawn Otto on the War on Science from The National Academies on Vimeo.

 

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