[Grad-postdoc-assn] Fwd: Next CSTPR Noontime Seminar - Wag the Dog: Ethics, Accuracy and Impact of the Science of Extremes in Political Debates

Vanessa Schweizer vanessa at ucar.edu
Wed Apr 4 21:42:32 MDT 2012

Dear all,

I thought that this seminar announcement may be of interest to some folks.


Vanessa Schweizer
ASP Postdoctoral Fellow
Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Division &
Integrated Science Program (ISP)
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
P.O. Box 3000 | Boulder, CO 80307 | USA

Phone: +1 (303) 497-1713
Fax: +1 (303) 497-1314

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Date: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Subject: Next CSTPR Noontime Seminar - Wag the Dog: Ethics, Accuracy and
Impact of the Science of Extremes in Political Debates
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  [image: CSTPR Noontime Seminar Series]

 NEXT CSTPR Noontime Seminar:

 [image: Roger Pielke, Jr.] APRIL 9, 2012

12:00 - 1:00 PM
CIRES Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder

by Roger Pielke, Jr., Center for Science and Technology Policy Research,
University of Colorado Boulder

*This will be a concurrent event with the 64th Conference on World Affairs
at University of Colorado Boulder*

Abstract: Wag the Dog is the title of a 1997 movie in which a political
operative and a movie producer together stage a war to cover-up a
presidential sex scandal. In the movie one of the characters exclaims,
"What difference does it make if it's true? If it's a story and it breaks,
they're gonna run with it." This seminar is about truth, responsibility and
science at the messy interface of the practice of science and the broader
society of which it is a part.  At that interface traditional roles are
often blurred, a situation made even more complicated by the rise of new
media -- we see scientists who act much as journalists, and journalists
making judgments about science. In this context what does it mean to
practice "responsible science"? Does anything go? How should we act? Are
there norms or guidelines for practitioners who work at the science-society
interface? This talk will offer little in the way of answers, but will
discuss various examples from a range of different contexts to stimulate a
discussion and debate.

Biography: Roger Pielke, Jr. is a Fellow of CIRES and professor at the
Center of Science and Technology Policy Research. He is currently serving
on the National Research Council Committee on Responsible Research which
has been tasked with updating guidelines for scientists last proposed in
1992. This seminar is also part of his graduate seminar on science and
technology policy, which this semester has a focus on "responsible
  [image: http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu]

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