Integrity in Science
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Panel B
Integrity in Science
Agenda
Speakers
Articles, Press Releases, Reports
Keynote Address
—Brian Baird D-WA
Plenary Debate
—"The Data Quality Act and OMB Peer Review Honest Evaluations or New Tools for Manufacturing Doubt and Delay?"
Panel A
—"Misusing Science To Manufacture Doubt and Delay"
Panel B
—"Corporate and Government Suppression of Research"
Rachel Carson Award
—Presentation of Award to Theo Colborn
After Lunch Speaker
—"Industry-Driven Science and the Corruption of Evidence-Based Medicine"
Plenary Panel
—"Science v. Commerce in Medicine"
Panel A
—"Science Journals, Science Journalism and Disclosure"
Panel B
—"The Real Junk Science"
Final Plenary
—"A Program for Reform"

The Real Junk Science
Panelists discuss examples of junk science, research with flawed methodology or unsupported conclusions, and how it has benefited industry at the expense of public health.

Peter Infante, former Director Health Standards Program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Audio Introduction [ mp3 - 1,671kb ]

Panelists:
 


Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.
President
National Center for Policy Research
for Women and Families

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Presentation
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"What is the goal of checkbook science research? It's to sell products. It's not to expand knowledge and it's not to benefit humanity."

"In my mind the worst junk science of all is... the subtle but incredibly pervasive tactic of saying that science that is marginally better than the currently accepted science must immediately trump the thing that it's marginally better than... All that that's saying really is that... we should be indifferent between errors that cause marginal increases in human pain and suffering and death and errors...[that] cause marginal increases in somebody's economic losses."

Adam Finkel, Sc.D.
Certified Industrial Hygienist
Risk Analysis Expert,
Senior Safety and Health Adviser

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(Views do not represent the agency)

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Presentation
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Ronald Melnick, Ph.D.,
Senior Toxicologist
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences

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Presentation
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"Cadmium is cited frequently as a chemical which shows hormesis because in a study in rats, there was a decrease in testicular tumors. However, what's not mentioned is that in the same study in rats, at those low doses, there was an increase in prostate tumors. Cadmium is a known human carcinogen....So hormesis may be viewed as 'Let's trade tumor sites.'"

"I think the denial of the fossil fuel green house effect is primarily because of the enormous stake that civilization and industry in general has in fossil fuel energy and the fact that we don't really have a solution to this problem yet."

Martin Hoffert, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
New York University

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