Naomi Oreskes Delivers Plenary Lecture
In her well-attended talk at the annual meeting of AAAS, Naomi Oreskes told the hundreds of members in the audience that scientists have a responsibility to share their findings with the public. She recognized that many scientists are uncomfortable with extreme activism— Jim Hansen’s civil disobedience being one example—but for those who believe that they should maintain a low profile and engage in pure research (the pure science ideal) should realize that if their results are at odds with a partisan group, they will be dragged into the fray. She encouraged scientists to take a middle ground, what she called the Responsible Scientist, a space that operates on the principle that facts do not speak for themselves and it is our duty to explain our research. A video of her talk can be found here: https://www.aaas.org/page/scientist-sentinel.
History of Science in the AAAS Exhibit Hall
Those who happened to visit the University of Chicago exhibit would have seen several of HSS’s prize-winning books on display.