WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2010 — The American Chemical Society (ACS), a member of Professionals for the Public Interest (PftPI), has organized a forum on “The Appropriate Use of Science in Public Policy.” It will be held on Oct. 27 in the auditorium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. The presentation and discussion will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
The federal government relies on scientific studies to craft regulations intended to protect the health and safety of American workers, the general public, and the environment. The forum will explore ways to improve the process, to ensure utilization of the widest possible range of knowledge and expertise, avoid conflicts of interest and inappropriate influence, and ensure that science helps craft public policy.
Paul E. Almeida, Chair, PftPI, will introduce the session and Josh Trapani, Senior Policy Analyst, Association of American Universities, will moderate. The speakers include: