Upcoming Science Policy Events!

ScienceOnlineSeattle Fall Kickoff

Life (online) After Death

September 20th, 2012

6:30 to 8:00pm

Pacific Science Center, Discovery Labs

What happens to your data, research, and online identity after you die?
ScienceOnlineSeattle will explore this topic at our fall kickoff event. We will dig into the intricacies of data and social media archiving, intellectual property vs. the Cloud, and other issues at the nexus of science, online, and death.

Panelists will include:

Kelly EdwardsAssociate Professor of bioethics and humanities, UW

Kelly will explore the intersection of ethics and mortality in the online world.

Noah WeilSeattle Criminal Defense Attorney

Noah will speak about end-of-life documentation and the terms of service of online corporations.

Union of Concerned Scientists Lewis M. Branscomb Science and Democracy Forum

Improving Citizen Access to Governmental Scientific Information

Webinar: Dangers of Inadequate Information and Attacks on FOIA

September 19th, 2012


Lack of access to scientific information has had serious implications both for the environment and human health.  Joseph Davis, director of the Society for Environmental Journalist’s WatchDog Project, will highlight some recent examples where inadequate access to scientific information had serious consequences. Daniel Schuman, policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation, will then discuss the latest attempts to regulate FOIA to restrict access to information and the impact that would have on science.  After two short presentations, both speakers will answer questions from the audience in a moderated discussion.

Conference Call: Introduction to the Center for Science and Democracy

September 24th, 2012


Join us for a short conference call to meet the new director of UCS’s Center for Science and Democracy, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg.  Dr. Rosenberg will discuss a strategic vision for the center and provide important background information for the next day’s symposium.

Symposium: Improving Citizen Access to Government Scientific Information

Held in Partnership with the First Amendment Center and the Newseum

September 25th, 2012


Keynote ConversationThe Honorable John Edward Porter, Research!America chair and former member of the U.S. Congress from Illinois, and Andrew Rosenberg, Center for Science and Democracy director, will discuss obstacles that prevent scientific information getting to policymakers, such as declining government resources for research, political interference in science and how that impacts the quality of information and how it is received, and the declining respect for science in Congress.

First Discussion Panel

Longtime journalist and news executive Ted Illiff, who has worked for CNN, USA Today, the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, will moderate a discussion on citizen access to scientific information with the following panelists:

  • Katherine McFate, president and CEO of OMBWatch
  • Dan Vergano, reporter for USA Today
  • Curtis Brainard, staff writer for Columbia Journalism Review
  • Lisa Swirsky, senior policy analyst, health, Consumers Union
Second Discussion Panel
UCS Senior Scientist and Science Policy Fellow Francesca Grifo will moderate a discussion on how agencies can improve access to scientific information with panelists:
  • Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation
  • Miriam Nisbet (invited), director of the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives and Records Administration

Closing Remarks

Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) will discuss what happens when Congress fails to get the information it needs and how the right information can guide civil discussion and help create bipartisan policies that address pressing problems.


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