SciTalk: Unscientific America
Unscientific America: is our Nation losing its mind? This question will be explored by Richard LeVitt and Antonia Milroy on September 27th, 7-9 PM at ScienceWorks. From climate change to vaccinations, from creationism to stem cells, the rise of antiscientific voices in America signal that our country is going astray. Despite high levels of research funding, and a renewed emphasis on science education, our public dialogue is too often fact-free with truth obscured by financial, political, and religious advocates. This endangers our global competitiveness and ability to innovate.
Toni and Richard will outline the issues in a brief presentation, followed by a video presentation by Michael Specter, and an open discussion. All members of the community and friends of ScienceWorks are invited to join in.
Richard is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His career includes 20 years at Hewlett-Packard Co., where he progressed from R&D project manager to section manager, to department head, and finally to Global Director of Quality for the company. Richard led HP’s membership in the Santa Fe Institute where he explored applications of complex systems theory. Now retired, he currently serves as a volunteer for ScienceWorks.
Toni is a specialist in brain function and development and has been a long-time volunteer at ScienceWorks. She received a BS in Laboratory Medicine from the University of Bern in Switzerland, then worked for 20 years in virology at the University of Zurich. After that she was at UCSF doing brain research for 20 years. She also has a degree in electron optics, in which she is a specialist.