|Posted by Burkholder, Thomas on September 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM|
CVS-ACS will sponsor a talk on Monday, October 8. Dr. Raywat Deonandan, award-winning journalist and author, and professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa will speak on “The Politicization of Science” (summary of talk follows).The talk will begin at 6:00 PM in Davidson Hall’s Torp Theater on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. The talk is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
Following the talk will be a dinner with Dr. Deonandan at Tools Bar and Grill in New Britain (http://www.toolsbarandgrill.com/). Dinner is $20 (alcoholic drinks not included) for any CVS-ACS member who wishes to attend; however, space is limited, so please contact Dr. Barry Westcott (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Dr. Raywat Deonandan
”Politicization of Science”
Monday, October 8, 6:00 PM
Davidson Hall, Torp Theater
Central Connecticut State University
“We scientists have been traditionally perceived by the general public to be champions of empiricism--people whose attitudes, priorities and beliefs are informed first and foremost by evidence. But personal biases, beliefs, fears and values have always been a part of science, from the purest days of Newton to the modern use of statistics to define our public health agenda. Surprisingly, these biases go largely unexamined by scientists, even as we strive to be completely evidence-based. Meanwhile, some seemingly duplicitous forces in society seek to co-opt science's image as unbiased and unassailable for more directed, political ends. What does it all mean for the well-meaning scientist of today, whose assumed goal is nothing less than the elucidation of truth?”