FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 04, 2010

American Chemical Society co-hosts Science & Society discussion series

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2010 —The American Chemical Society (ACS) invites news media to attend a series of discussions with leading scientists, economists, and politicians on a wide range of timely scientific topics, including energy, nuclear terrorism, food safety, and climate and energy policy. Entitled “Science & Society: Global Challenges,” the events will be held every other Monday night — October 4 and 18 and November 1 and 15 — from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. A reception will precede each session at 5 p.m.

Please note that news media must RSVP for each discussion separately. Co-sponsored by AAAS and the Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest, the events will include the following presenters and topics:

October 4:

Topic: Meeting Global Energy Demand


  • Steve Koonin , Undersecretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • David Goldston, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Michael Parker, ExxonMobil


October 18:

Topic: Reducing the Risks of Nuclear Terrorism


  • Laura Holgate, National Security Staff, White House
  • Eric Loewen, GE-Hitachi
  • Lucy Walker, Director/Writer of Countdown to Zero (invited)


November 1:

Topic: Coming to the Table on Food Safety (Bisphenol A and Beyond)


  • Sarah Vogel, Johnson Family Foundation
  • Christopher Borgert, University of Florida, Gainesville


  • Jon Hamilton, NPR
November 15:

Topic: Climate and Energy Policy in the New Congress


  • Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
  • Robert Simon, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • David Conover, Bipartisan Policy Center


  • Richard Harris

You may also view this information online.

The ACS Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the American Chemical Society or event cosponsors. For more information on the Science & the Congress Project, visit

Directions to AAAS:

AAAS is located on 12th Street, N.W., with entrances at H Street and New York Avenue. The nearest Metro stop is Metro Center. Detailed map of the area


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