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Thursday, August 27 • 10:30am - 11:45am
How Does Science Work? A Brief Introduction to the History, Philosophy and Practice of Science

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Building the foundation for discussions on how forefront science offers new insights into what it means to be human, science historian Melinda Baldwin (Harvard University) will outline how science works — peer review, funding, ethical oversight, methodology — while science writer Rachel Gross (Slate) will review the unique qualities necessary for strong science reporting. Together, they provide insights into the world of science that will broaden attendees’ perspectives for the panels that follow.

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Jennifer Wiseman

Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman is the director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. She is also an astrophysicist at NASA, where she studies the formation of stars and planetary systems using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics for her bachelor’s degree at MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987. After earning her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1995, she... Read More →

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Melinda Baldwin

Lecturer, Harvard University
Melinda Baldwin completed her PhD at Princeton University and has held postdoctoral positions at York University and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her new book, Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal (University of Chicago Press, 2015) examines the foundation and development of Nature, today arguably the world’s most prestigious scientific journal, from its first issue in 1869 up through modern debates about... Read More →
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Rachel Gross

Science Writer, Slate Magazine
Rachel Gross is a Washington, DC-based science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, New Scientist, and NPR. She is currently an editorial assistant at Slate, and the social chair of the DC Science Writers Association. In her free time she enjoys poetry, sci-fi films, and vegan baking.

Thursday August 27, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor