Politics in Science: Who decides what gets done and what it means?

Date & Time

Wed, 10/01/2008


One of the questions in the public eye with this year’s Presidential election is the relationship between government and science.

If science is supported by the government, is it reasonable to expect that the government should have a role in deciding what science should receive support?

And since the government clearly does have a role in funding science, should it also be allowed a role in how and if the resulting science will be reported or used?



“When it Comes to Science, Who Says What?” op-ed piece by Tate Hurvitz and Dena Plemmons


Naomi Oreskes
UCSD, Department of History

Naomi Oreskes (Ph.D., Stanford, 1990) is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego. Having started her professional career as a field geologist, her research now focuses on the historical development of scientific knowledge, methods, and practices in the earth and environmental sciences.


Gerald Markowitz
John Jay College, History Department

Gerald Markowitz is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received his doctorate from the Department of History of the University of Wisconsin. He is the recipient of numerous grants from private and federal agencies, including the Milbank Memorial Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.

Stanley Maloy
San Diego State University, College of Sciences

Stanley Maloy is Dean of the College of Sciences and Professor of Biology at San Diego State University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California at Irvine in 1981, did postdoctoral work at the University of Utah, then moved to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a Professor of Microbiology. He was also Director of the Biotechnology Center, a position that involved extensive interactions with the biotechnology and agricultural industry, and State government. In 2002 he returned to San Diego as founding Director of the Center for Microbial Sciences and Professor of Biology at San Diego State University. Research in his lab focuses on bacterial genetics and pathogenesis, with an emphasis on Salmonella, bacterial viruses, and emerging infectious diseases.