Agenda

8:30 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

8:45 a.m.
Panel: What is science?
Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Manu O. Platt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University
Moderator: George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

9:40 a.m.
Panel: The role of science in public discourse
Jennifer Reich, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado Denver Department of Sociology and Criminology
Jason Grumet, Founder and President, Bipartisan Policy Center
Michael Fernandez, Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues
Moderator: Lorez Meinhold, Keystone Policy Center

10:35 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m.
Panel: The role of science in policy

Roger Pielke, Jr., Author of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics and Director, Sports Governance Center, University of Colorado
Representative Leslie Herod, Colorado House District 8
Erica Goldman, Science Policy Director, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
Moderator: Ernest House, Keystone Policy Center

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Address
Charles Mann, journalist and author

1:45 p.m.
Presentation: Why aren't we taking science as seriously as we should?
Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and Founding Head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine

2:30 p.m.
Panel: Trend makers and trust builders in science
Tamar Haspel, The Washington Post
Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director for Communications, The Science & Entertainment Exchange program of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Jane Doherty, youth at Colorado Academy and Director of the Synapse Project
Moderator: Kirk Johnson

3:25 p.m.
Break

3:45 p.m.
Panel: Tips and tools for improving the use of science in policy
Tom Hassenboehler, CO-EFFICIENT Group
Martin Carcasson, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Colorado State University and Founder and Director, CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD)
Moderator: Christine Scanlan, CEO, Keystone Policy Center

4:40 p.m. 
Closing Remarks
George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn

Keynote Speaker

Charles C. Mann

Journalist & Author, The Wizard & The Prophet: Two Groundbreaking Scientists and Their Conflicting Visions of the Future of Our Planet

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