At 3 o’clock today (Eastern), I’ll be on a panel about ways that scientists and nonscientists alike can improve the use of science in policymaking, the use of policy to boost science, and ways to keep denialists from derailing that process.
We’ve got Susan Wood, a professor of public policy at George Washington University with a doctorate in biology. She made news in 2005 when she resigned in protest from her directorship of the FDA Office of Women’s Health to protest the FDA’s slow walking of Plan B’s “over the counter” approval. She’s also held senior positions at HHS and in the Congressional Women’s Caucus, working to improve women’s health and the health of all Americans.
Bryan Rehm will be on the panel. Rehm was a plaintiff in the Kitzmiller v. Dover court case, a science teacher in Dover who switched to a different district to escape the creationist board, and then ran for and won a seat on that board. He is currently a physics teacher, president of the Dover Area School Board, and an excellent guy.
We’ll also be joined by Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. When I invited him to the panel, he was Director of Biology Policy at the Federation of American Scientists and co-founder of Scientists and Engineers for America. He has a doctorate in genetics, experience on Senator Harry Reid’s staff, and has edited Nature Genetics.
I’ll also be on the panel, but you all know me.
Mark Sumner, aka DailyKos frontpager Devilstower, will moderate the panel.
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