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Center for Science and Democracy Launch Events


Science and Democracy in Turmoil: Restoring a Great American Relationship

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:00-7:00pm EDT

Norton's Woods Conference Center at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Somerville, MA

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Welcoming remarks by Leslie Berlowitz, president, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Steve Curwood, host of National Public Radio's Living on Earth


Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus, Tufts University

Jessica T. Mathews, president, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate and director, National Cancer Institute

Honoring Lewis S. Branscomb, Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management (emeritus), John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Laboratories of Democracy: Science as a Catalyst for Change

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 4:00-7:00pm PDT

Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society, and the Environment, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

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K.C. Cole, longtime Los Angeles Times science writer and professor at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism


David Baltimore, Nobel laureate and president emeritus of the California Institute of Technology

Mary D. Nichols, chair, California Air Resources Board

Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science studies, University of California at San Diego

John E. Porter, former congressman (R-Ill.) and current chair, Research!America