Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy, works to promote solutions that ensure government decisions are fully informed by scientific information and that the public understands the scientific basis for those decisions. His work includes successful efforts to defend scientists from harassment, secure White House commitments to restore scientific integrity to federal policy making, and engage scientists to bring their expertise to the public. Michael speaks regularly on the use and misuse of science in decision making and the forces that drive attacks on science. Prior to joining UCS, Michael worked as a public awareness director for the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and as a community organizer in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written for and been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN.com, and National Public Radio. Michael holds a B.A. in sociology and communication studies from Macalester College.