AMA: The Importance of

Open to all registrants
Saturday, February 18, 2017: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall, Social Media Site (Hynes Convention Center)
Misunderstood or “silly sounding” research is often much more than it seems. This AMA will feature scientists who have found creative ways to explain the value of their work in the face of public or political scrutiny. The discussion will be particularly valuable for scientists who work in controversial, odd, or obscure areas of research, for those who want to support them, and for those who want to learn about how silly-sounding science can lead to societal benefits. David Scholnik of Pacific University, Patricia Brennan of Mount Holyoke College, and Brian Baird, former United States Representative from Washington, will answer questions about the ways that individual scientists, their institutions, and the scientific community at large can work together to speak up for science, such as the Golden Goose Award, which recognizes silly, odd, or obscure-sounding research that has returned serious benefits to society.
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