Role of Science in the American Democracy: Roots, Tensions, and Paths Forward

Sunday, February 17, 2013: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
A functioning democracy depends on the ability of citizens and elected officials to identify, value, and rely upon legitimate sources of scientific information essential to ensuring the nation’s health, well-being, and security. This symposium explores the role of science in the formation of the American democracy; current challenges to maintaining public and policy-maker acceptance of credible science in the face of deliberate misinformation; distractions exacerbated by the expansion of digital media and competing cultural values; and new approaches, informed by both research and practice, to strengthen the incorporation of policy-relevant science into American public discourse and decision-making.
Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists
Pallavi Phartiyal, Union of Concerned Scientists
and James McCarthy, Harvard University
Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists
Lewis M. Branscomb, University of California
Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University
Science and Public Skepticism
Francesca T. Grifo, Union of Concerned Scientists
Tools for Strengthening Scientific Integrity in Federal Decision-Making
David Goldston, Natural Resources Defense Council
Restoring Evidence-Based Decision-Making in the U.S. Congress
Mark B. Brown, California State University
Science Advice and Democratic Realism
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