Truth and Consequences: Good Science, Bad Politics

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Dave Levitan

Science Journalist

As long as the government is involved in legislating and regulating scientific topics, some of our elected officials will try to mislead us on those topics to further their agenda. In this talk, hear about some of the techniques they use to do so, as well as how some of those scientific topics – from climate change to vaccines – can affect our everyday lives. How can we, the public, better understand how science is misused by politicians, and what can we do about it?

Dave Levitan is a science journalist, whose work has appeared at a variety of publications including the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Slate, and many others. He writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on the intersection of science and politics, as well as climate change, energy, biomedical research, and more. His book, Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science, was released in 2017.