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"Giving Science Advice to the President is Getting Harder" with Neal Lane
FREE EVENT: The Scientia Institute at Rice University ( presents Neal Lane (, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the Baker Institute and Malcom Gillis University Professor Emeritus, Rice University (and former science advisor to President Bill Clinton), in a talk entitled "Giving Science Advice to the President is Getting Harder - Do Facts Really Matter Much?" Lane will focus on how U.S. presidents have chosen to receive facts and advice on scientific and related matters since the end of WWII and why it has become increasingly difficult for science advisors to be effective. Facts matter, at least they have in the past, but trust has always been the key. Using a few examples from his time in the Clinton Administration, Neal will attempt to cast some light on how one goes about trying to bring facts, evidence and truth to the president, vice president and West Wing colleagues, all of whom work in an intensely political environment. He will offer a few observations on the current situation and suggest ways to move forward. Rice event page:!view/event/date/20180220/event_id/4219 Duncan Hall on Rice Interactive Map:!s/key=Duncan%20Hall Parking and other information:

McMurtry Auditorium Duncan Hall - Rice University

6100 Main St · Houston, TX

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Welcome to Houston Science Enthusiasts! Founded in 2010 (under the original name Houston Super Secret Science Club), our goal is to provide a place for people interested in science to find and gather at the most interesting science-related activities in the Greater Houston region. These include gatherings at the many science-related lectures held at area universities and other educational institutions, visits to museums, outdoors field trips and social mixers at local pubs and restaurants.

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