NASA’s James Hansen to Deliver Keynote at CSPI Conference on Rejuvenating Public-Sector Science


WASHINGTON—James Hansen, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) will deliver keynote addresses at an upcoming conference on rejuvenating public-sector science, sponsored by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. The title for Hansen’s address will be Threat to the Planet: The Dark and Bright Sides of Global Warming. Miller will speak on Preserving Scientific Integrity: The Role of Congressional Oversight.

The July 11 event, the fourth such national conference organized by CSPI’s Integrity in Science project, will focus on protecting government scientists and regulators from political and corporate influence. And, in what should of special interest to reporters who plan to cover health care reform, an early afternoon panel will highlight the controversy surrounding the topic of researching the comparative effectiveness of medical treatments. Registration is required but free for journalists.

What: Conference, Rejuvenating Public Sector Science. Sessions on climate change research, energy policy, endangered species protection, conflicts of interest on advisory committees, and more. Full agenda.


• Anthony Broccoli, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Rutgers University;

• Ezekiel Emanuel, chair, Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health;

• James Furnish, former Forest Service deputy chief;

• James Hansen, director, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies;

• William Hubbard, former Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner;

• David Michaels, director, Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy;

• Representative Brad Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Committee on House Science and Technology

• Gail Wilensky, Project Hope

Full list of speakers.

When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2008

Where: Ronald Reagan International Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

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