Day of Action Sparks Discussion About Science's Role in Society
Members of the University science community gathered on the Day of Action to discuss the importance of science and its historical and current role in the political climate.
Many of the day's events were oriented around discussion and audience participation. History of Science Professor D. Graham Burnett ’93, moderated an audience discussion covering topics ranging from the lack of education in mathematical logic to the popular distrust of scientists as an intellectual class. Later, Professor Joshua Shaevitz of the Lewis-Sigler Institute encouraged audience members to name reasons why people study science and ways that technologies from science that have changed human lives.
At the “History of Science and Political Engagement” teach-in, discussion ranged from strictly scientific topics to facts in general, including the relevance of “fact” in the current political climate.