Scientists' Understanding of the Public
Seminar Co-sponsored with the Washington Science Policy Alliance, Washington, D.C.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
(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.
(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
(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.