Public program to better understand the roots of science denialism, and discuss meaningful methods for overcoming it.

Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By

Rutgers Global Health Institute

The New York Academy of Sciences

 

Science denialism — the rejection of basic facts that are well-supported parts of the scientific consensus on a subject — has come to the fore in recent years. Examples of denialism abound: HIV does not cause AIDS, vaccines cause autism, smoking does not cause cancer, climate change is not accelerated by CO2 emissions, to name a few. The dismissal of overwhelming scientific evidence can have vast, negative consequences for both public health and global conservation.

Endeavors to combat science denialism take many forms, with much emphasis placed on improving scientific communication. However, it has been suggested that these messaging strategies must tread carefully, as directly refuting a falsehood may further embed it in the minds of the deniers. Thus, further study and innovative approaches are required to help elevate science in public policy and in the public discourse.

Given the lasting impact of science denialism on global health, the New York Academy of Sciences, together with the Rutgers Global Health Institute, will present an evening panel discussion for the general public that will raise awareness of this issue, explore its causation, and provide a transparent dialogue for enacting meaningful responses to denialism today. Ira Flatow, the host of Science Friday, will guide science historian Allan Brandt, public opinion and science communication specialist Dominique Brossard, public policy expert Kelly Brownell, and political scientist Kelly Greenhill through these important conversations.

Registration

Member
$8
Nonmember
$16
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
$10
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow
$8

Moderator

Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Ira Flatow, Science Friday

Panelists

Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Allan M. Brandt, PhD, Harvard University
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Dominique Brossard, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Duke University
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Kelly M. Greenhill, PhD, Tufts University; Harvard University

Organizers

Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Allan M. Brandt, PhD, Harvard University
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc, The New York Academy of Sciences
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Dominique Brossard, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Arthur Caplan, PhD, NYU School of Medicine
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Kari Fischer, PhD, The New York Academy of Sciences
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Kelly M. Greenhill, PhD, Tufts University; Harvard University
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Richard G. Marlink, MD, Rutgers Global Health Institute
Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
David Scheer, MS, Scheer & Company, Inc.

Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Pfizer

Academy Friends

Wiley

Boehringer Ingelheim

Serendipity Foundation

Thursday

June 28, 2018

7:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

Speakers

Richard G. Marlink, MD
Rutgers Global Health Institute
Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc
The New York Academy of Sciences
7:15 PM

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Moderator: Ira Flatow
Science Friday
Allan M. Brandt, PhD
Harvard University
Dominique Brossard, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Morgridge Institute for Research
Kelly D. Brownell, PhD
Duke University
Kelly M. Greenhill, PhD
Tufts University; Harvard University
8:15 PM

Audience Q&A

8:30 PM

Networking Reception

9:15 PM

Evening Concludes