Challenges and Solutions in the Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series

Past event

Science and Democracy in the Age of Trump

Andrew A. Rosenberg (Director, Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists)

3:30 pm Wednesday, 5/17

McGovern Auditorium, Whitehead Institute

Science and science policy are facing unprecedented challenges from this new administration and congress. From the rollback of science-based policies, to the potential targeted reductions of funding for science the near-term impacts of this change in direction for government programs are profound. But there are longer term impacts of changing the role of science in policy-making should also concern the science community.

It is a critical time for scientists to be heard in our democracy. This is not a matter of self interest alone, but of exercising our role in this country.

Andrew A. Rosenberg is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has more than 25 years of experience in government service and academic and non-profit leadership. He is the author of scores of peer-reviewed studies and reports on fisheries and ocean management and has published on the intersection between science and policy making.

He was a professor of natural resources and the environment at the University of New Hampshire, where he served as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture from 2000-2005. Previously, he served as the northeast regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he negotiated recovery plans for New England and mid-Atlantic fishery resources, endangered species protections and habitat conservation programs. He later became deputy director of the service.

Dr. Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and previously studied oceanography at Oregon State University and fisheries biology at the University of Massachusetts.

Location and directions

Events are held in McGovern Auditorium, on the first floor of the Whitehead Institute (455 Main Street, Cambridge, MA). No parking is available, but the Whitehead Institute is a 5 minute walk away from the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line station.

Other past events

2/17/2017 - Joanne Kamens (Executive Director, Addgene)

3/31/2017 - Ivan Oranksy (Co-Founder, Retraction Watch)

4/26/2017 - Richard Harris (Correspondent, NPR News)

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