Michael Halpern is deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, he 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. He also oversees efforts to enable scientists to more effectively engage the public. Michael has extensive expertise in defending scientists from harassment and creating conditions that make science and scientists more resilient to political, industry, and ideological influence. He 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 blogs regularly in The Guardian and has appeared in scores of national and international media outlets, including the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, CNN, National Public Radio, NBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Michael holds a B.A. in sociology and communication studies from Macalester College.