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March 29, 2017, 1pm ET
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2017

June 27-28, 2017
GUIRR Meeting

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting - Room 114
5:00-6:30 pm Networking Mixer - West Court

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address - Great Hall

  • Shawn Otto, Cofounder and Producer of the U.S. Presidential 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 - Lecture Room

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

Measuring Public Trust in Science

  • Cary Funk, Associate Director of Research, 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, Yale Law School
  • Gordon Gauchat, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
9:45-10:30 am 

Small Group Discussion

10:30-11:00 am Networking Break 
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, Slate Magazine
  • Joe Palca, Science Correspondent, NPR
12:30-1:30 pm
 Lunch - West Court 
1:30-2:00 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
2:00-2:30 pm Back to Basics: The Role of Science in Society
  • Arati Prabhakar, former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
2:30-3:00 pm 

Small Group Discussion

3:00-3:30 pm Wrap-up 
3:30 pm