Science Advocacy Forum set for May 15

As evidenced by the April 22nd March for Science, researchers across the Nation are concerned about the role of -- and support for -- science within the new presidential administration. Many scientists are re-evaluating long-held beliefs that one should not engage in debates on policy or participate in political discourse for fear that public trust in the impartiality of science will be undermined. This forum  will provide guidance on how to become involved in science advocacy at various levels of engagement in a manner that is appropriate for public employees, effective in conveying a clear message, and respectful of scientific integrity. UO’s Vice President for Research and Innovation, David Conover, will moderate a brief panel discussion followed by Q&A and an open dialogue with the audience. While the forum is focused on guidance for scientists, all members the university community with an interest in public engagement, science communication, or advocacy are welcome to attend.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: EMU Gumwood Room
Moderator: David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation

Panelists will include:    

  • Doug Toomey, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon
  • Kevin Reed, Vice President & General Counsel, University of Oregon
  • Betsy Boyd, Associate VP, Federal Affairs, University of Oregon
  • Cass Moseley, Associate Vice President for Research, University of Oregon
  • Janine Benner, Assistant Director, Planning and Innovation, Oregon Department of Energy and former Obama Administration official and congressional staffer

The forum will also be live streamed, and can be accessed at the following link: Online viwers can submit questions to
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research