published June 13, 2013

Participants Selected for Pre-Institute Symposium on Science and Public Policy

Given the central role that public issues - and the development of public policies designed to address them - play in the civic engagement aspirations of the SENCER enterprise, a focused exploration of science and public policy seems essential. Responding to requests we received last year, we will experiment with a pre-Institute symposium designed to be useful to participants in SENCER initiatives, to creators of SENCER courses and programs, and to students. The Symposium will examine the historical interdependence of science and public policy and the contributions each has made to the other in the science-society bargain.

All SSI 2013 participants and facilitators were invited to submit an application to participate in the Pre-Institute Symposium. Following a competitive application process, the following educators, administrators, and students were selected to take part in the Symposium:
- Tina Kruger, Indiana State University
- Teresa Gonya, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
- Sandie Han, New York City College of Technology
- Gillian Backus, Northern Virginia Community College
- Ulla Hasager, University of Hawai'I at Manoa
- Alana Presley, City of Denton, Texas
- Natalie Kuldell, MIT/BioBuilder Educational Foundation
- Trace Jordan, New York University
- Anna Rozenboym, Kevin Bonney, Mary Beth Dawson, and Ivan Ho, Kingsborough Community College
- Ellen Goldey, Wofford College
- Tatiane Russo-Tait, San Francisco State University
- Herbert Schanker, CUNY at College of Staten Island
- John Pratte, Arkansas State University
- Rob Lilieholm, University of Maine

The Symposium will be organized and moderated by Janice Ballou, a public opinion specialist, retired Senior Vice President at Mathematica, Inc., and SENCER external evaluator; and Joseph Karlesky, a professor of government at Franklin and Marshall College. Invited speakers include Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale University and a leader in Yale's Cultural Cognition project, Jessica M. Wyndham of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and The Honorable Rush Holt, Member of Congress. Symposium activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. on July 31st, and end on August 1st at 2:00 p.m., just prior to the SSI 2013 opening plenary.