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Science Literacy in the 21st Century (Grand Rapids)

January 14, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us to hear Sheril Kirshenbaum speak on Science Literacy in the 21st Century.

The vast majority of Americans do not see the ways in which science holds relevance in their lives, and too many scientists are unable to explain why our work matters. Meanwhile, partisan politics, a new media environment, and religious ideologies have magnified the growing rift between science and mainstream American culture.

Science should be a value shared by all, but it will take far more than political will to bridge what C.P. Snow once described as a “vast gulf of mutual incomprehension” between scientists and everyone else. The scientific community must find new ways of reaching out or we will fail to influence the public, inform the decision-making process, and rise to meet the greatest challenges of the 21st century.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Director of The Energy Poll, University of Texas at Austin

Sheril Kirshenbaum works to enhance public understanding of science and improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. She is the Director of The Energy Poll at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of two books, including Unscientific America, coauthored with Chris Mooney. Her writing regularly appears in magazines, newspapers, and scientific journals and she has been featured in the Best American Science Writing anthology series. Previously, Sheril worked at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and as a Senate staffer on energy climate, and ocean policy. For more information, visit her website (sherilkirshenbaum.com) and follow her on twitter @Sheril_.