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Systems Science Seminar: "A Discussion about Science and Advocacy"
Friday, May 8, 2009 - 12:00pm to Friday, May 8, 2009 - 1:00pm

May 8, 2009

Harder House, Room 104

12-1 pm

Rajesh Venkatachalapathy and Robin Fenske

A Discussion about Science and Advocacy

As scientists we strive for objectivity and developing unbiased knowledge in our research, but as human beings we often feel compelled to try to influence the systems we study...which can introduce bias.  How do we/should we strike the proper balance between scientific objectivity and advocacy--trying to make the world a better place?  Scientific ideas can be shared,  but at what point do they become biased and inaccurate?   Come and discuss 1) your own challenges with sharing  your ideas while minimizing unnecessary bias, and 2) thoughts on how much advocacy of scientific ideas is too much or not enough (i.e. should scientists be advocates?  At what point do we dilute, mystify, or popularize science too much?  Perhaps there should be an interplay between objectivity (science) and functionality (advocacy), but the two ideas should remain separate).

"Rajesh is currently a Systems Science student and is working with Martin Zwick on comparing RA with other Machine Learning Models.

Robin is a second year PhD student in the Systems Science Graduate Program.  She is a Core Student.  She is interested in applying Systems Science to Sustainability in Food Systems, and Human Decision Making."

<Web-based remote access seminar>
We will use Adobe Connect for web-based remote access seminar.
Here is the URL that people should use to participate remotely:

- Enter as a Guest: Type your name and enter the room
- What you can do:
1) Remote participants will hear the speaker and questions from the audience.
2) Remote participants will see the speakers and his/her presentation slides.
3) Remote participants can join the discussion by typing or speaking (if remote participants' mic is available)