It’s not like a lot of people are reading blogs right now…but still, I thought I’d get this up before I take the night train to Flagstaff, AZ, where I’m spending Christmas with my mom and sister.
First of all, since last I posted ScienceDebate2008 has (once again) added some extremely impressive names. In ABC order:
Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature
Rita Colwell, Former Director, National Science Foundation 1998-2004; Distinguished Professor, University Of Maryland/Johns Hopkins University School Of Public Health; National Medal of Science, 2006
Robert H. Grubbs, Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology; Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2005
But perhaps even more dramatic is what has happened to our steering committee. It is now officially co-chaired by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI)–two scientist-congressmen, one from each party. Meanwhile, also joining the steering committee are Norm Augustine, the retired CEO of Martin Marietta; Arne Carlson, former Republican governor of Minnesota; and Calvin DeWitt, President of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists.
As these names demonstrate, ScienceDebate2008 is a fully bipartisan effort, one that is meant to appeal–and that does appeal–to an incredibly broad swath of America.
With this organizational structure in place, look to hear a lot more about ScienceDebate2008 in the new year.
In the meantime, Sheril and I both wish you a happy and safe holidays–and want to thank you for being our readers. You’re the best, and you make us better. We couldn’t do it without you.