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Citizen Science Program presents

Citizen Science Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Ian Simon

The Yin and the Yang of Science Policy

Thursday, January 17, 2013

[Citizen Science Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Ian Simon]

Here at home and abroad, we face daunting global challenges.  Together with economics, politics, and society, science can make a significant contribution to improving government programs, increasing public understanding, and strengthening relationships with other countries. Cultivating a science-literate populace ensures future generations of scientists and innovators to address these challenges, as well as equips the general public with the tools to apply evidence, logic, and reasoning to political, economic and societal choices.  On daily basis, wide ranges of complex issues are tackled at the intersection of science, society and public policy through the examination and application of evidence-based decision-making. This presentation will explore the field of science policy; namely the role of science in shaping policy decisions and the role of policy to strengthen and influence science. 

Dr. Ian Simon is currently an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation at the U.S. State Department, where he focuses on developing international science policies to supporting gender equality and youth empowerment through science and technology. Prior to joining the State Department, Ian served as public health and science adviser to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while on the American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellowship.

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Olin Hall