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The Intersection between Science and Politics: How Science is Used and Abused in Congress – Chris Martin

Date: Thu. September 6th, 2012, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Location: Rockefeller 301

After spending a year working as a staffer in the US Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Dr. Chris Martin of Oberlin College brings a scientist’s perspective to how national policy reacts to and in turn drives science. Using examples covering the range of congressional interests, including climate change, earthquakes, human space exploration, and nanotechnology, Dr. Martin shows how politicians and scientists can communicate about issues in completely different ways leading to humorous conflicts and surprising synergies. If you have ever wondered what happens in the halls of Congress and how you can most effectively make a difference, this is a talk you should not miss!

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