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Scientists' Understanding of the Public

Seminar Co-sponsored with the Washington Science Policy Alliance, Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Welcome: Alan Leshner (6 min.) is Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the journal Science. Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world's largest, multidisciplinary scientific and engineering society. Before coming to the AAAS in 2001, Leshner served as Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse from 1994-2001. Previous positions include Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and a variety of senior positions at the National Science Foundation, focusing on basic research in the biological, behavioral and social sciences, science policy, and science education. Leshner is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and Vice Chair of its governing Council. He was appointed to the National Science Board in 2004 and is a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. Leshner is an elected Fellow of AAAS, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Presenters: Robert Fri (5 min.) is a Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow Emeritus at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit organization that studies natural resource and environmental issues. He served as Director of the National Museum of Natural History, President of Resources for the Future, and Deputy Administrator of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Research and Development Administration. Fri is a National Associate of the National Academies, where he served as Vice Chair of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems at the National Research Council, and on several NRC committees, most recently on America’s Energy Future and America’s Climate Choices. Fri is the chair of a new Academy study examining the Legal, Social, and Economic Considerations of an Alternative Energy Future. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Chris Mooney (23 min.) is a science and political journalist and a contributing editor to Science Progress. He is the author of The Republican War on Science (2005), Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming (2007), and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future (with Sheril Kirshenbaum, 2009). Mooney and Kirshenbaum are also coauthors of “The Intersection” blog for Discover blogs. Mooney’s essays have been nominated for a National Magazine Award and featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006. He has been a visiting associate in the Center for Collaborative History at Princeton University and a 2009 – 2010 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He is currently a Templeton-Cambridge Fellow in Science and Religion.

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