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New Meeting: Science and Democracy

From: Steve Gluck § (.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 4:56 PM
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The Cambridge Moveable Feast!

Science and Democracy

Thursday, April 3, 5:00 PM

The Program on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government presents:

Science and Democracy

Science and Democracy is a lecture series exploring the promised benefits of our era's most salient scientific and technological breakthroughs and the potentially harmful consequences of developments that are inadequately understood, debated, or managed by politicians, lay publics, and policy institutions.

Harold Varmus; President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Former Director NIH; Nobel Laureate, 1989

"Enhancing the Contract: The Federal Government and American Science in a New Administration"

Moderated by: John Beckwith, Harvard Medical School

Panelists: Sheila Jasanoff, Kennedy School of Government; Charles Rosenberg, History of Science, Harvard University; David Goldston, HUCE, Harvard University

Thursday, April 3
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Yenching Institute Auditorium
Harvard University
2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge

Many observers have commented on the damage that the current administration has done to science over the past seven years.

Harold Varmus will evaluate the effects of this era on the traditional relationship between the scientific enterprise and the federal government, and offer some ideas about what a new
administration could do to restore that relationship, increase the confidence of the scientific community in government, and allow the nation to take greater advantage of science and
technology. In particular, he will consider measures to strengthen the representation of science in the White House; discuss the possibility of achieving a more predictable,
multi-year pattern of funding for science agencies; recommend ways to codify the mechanisms by which the federal government obtains scientific advice and protects the independence of
government scientists; and explain why our country should establish stronger roles for science, medicine, and technology in foreign policy.

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. For more information on STS events at Harvard, please visit:

This event is free and open to the public.

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