Scientific knowledge is essential to guide policy decisions related to innovations, climate change and public health, and the ongoing pandemic has highlighted — more than ever — the importance of evidence-based policies. But how can experts in science and technology best convey complicated, jargon-laden research to the public and lawmakers?
At this webinar, Dr. Gretchen Goldman, assistant director for environmental science, engineering, policy, and justice at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, talked about the role of scientists in shaping policy and how to effectively communicate science policy to relevant stakeholders.
This event was part of the Civic Scientist Lecture Series sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program with generous support from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng. The event was organized in collaboration with the Rice Science Policy Network. Additional support was provided by Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Weiss School of Natural Sciences, and by grants from the Kavli Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 2042854).
12:00 p.m. — Presentation
12:20 p.m. — Q&A
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Neal Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute
Gretchen Goldman, Ph.D. is the assistant director for environmental science, engineering, policy, and justice at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is on leave from her position as the research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. For a decade, Dr. Goldman has led research efforts at the nexus of science and policy on topics including federal scientific integrity, fossil energy production, climate change, and environmental justice. Dr. Goldman has testified before Congress and currently sits on the board of the nonprofit 500 Women Scientists. She serves as an expert on the Public Health Rulemaking of the California Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM).
Previously, Dr. Goldman has chaired the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and served on the UNESCO/AAAS Consultation Group on the U.S. science ecosystem. Her words and voice have appeared in Science, Nature, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, among other outlets. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in atmospheric science from Cornell University.
Doctoral student in Chemistry, Rice University