LANCASTER, Pa. – Seth Shulman, award-winning journalist who has written for 25 years about issues in science, technology, and the environment, will discuss "Restoring Scientific Integrity" on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bonchek Lecture Hall.
The talk, sponsored by the Center for Liberal Arts and Society, the Bonchek Institute for Science and Reason in a Liberal Democracy, and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, is free and open to the public.
The lecture is based on Shulman's 2006 book, Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration. The book is an expansion on two reports, for which Shulman was the lead author, that charged President George W. Bush with the distortion of science for his own use in implementing policy.
Undermining Science deals not only with the administration's abuse of science in such areas as stem cell research, AIDS prevention, environmental protection, the Iraq war, the teaching of evolution, and global warming, but the choice of administrators in science-based agencies or members of federal advisory committees based on political affiliation. Shulman also warns of the disastrous ramifications of the Bush administration's misuse of science.
Shulman, who writes for magazines such as Smithsonian; The Atlantic; Parade; Discover; Rolling Stone; Popular Science; The Chronicle of Higher Education; The Progressive
; and Time
, and newspapers that include the Times of London; The Boston Globe
; and the Los Angeles Times
, is the author of five books. His latest book, The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret, examines troubling mysteries surrounding the race to invent the telephone.
Shulman has previously served as the Boston correspondent for the science journal Nature, as well as a contributing writer for Technology Review, where his monthly column on innovation and intellectual property won wide acclaim. In the 2004 academic year, he became the first Dibner Science Writer Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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