Visiting Scholar Lecture Series: Jacob Carter, Ph.D., "The Danger of Science Denial"

Jacob Carter headshot
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Arrupe Hall Auditorium

Are there consequences to politicizing the debate around scientific topics? Jacob Carter, research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will discuss what happens when conclusions based in the scientific method are denied or distorted for political gain as the guest of the Visiting Scholar Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium on the Rockhurst University campus.

In his presentation, “The Danger of Science Denial,” Carter will draw on his everyday work with the UCS investigating the use of science in the policy-making process, focusing on issues of scientific integrity across the federal government to explore the ramifications of political antipathy for scientific research.

Prior to joining UCS, Carter worked in the Environmental Protection Agency as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education postdoctoral fellow. At the EPA, he integrated the effects of climate change into estimates of future coastal inundation on contaminated lands, like brownfields and superfund sites, to help guide decisions on adaptation efforts that could better protect nearby communities from the spread of dangerous contaminants during future floods. He also helped model greenhouse gas emissions for the siting of renewable energy installations on green space versus contaminated lands as part of his work with EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land initiative.

Carter also previously worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he helped established an interagency task force on improving the health of honey bees and other pollinators, planned the planting of the first pollinator garden on the south lawn of the White House, and also worked on President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Central Arkansas, his Master of Science in biology from Kansas State University, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology and a graduate-level certificate from the University of Kansas. He has co-authored articles for the Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education, Oecologia, the Stetson Law Review and the Journal of Arid Environments.

To register your attendance to this free lecture, call 816-501-4828 or email cynthia.cartwright@rockhurst.edu. Free parking is available in the garage at 52nd and Troost Ave., and in lots accessed by the campus entrance at 54th and Troost Ave. See No. 19 at rockhurst.edu/map.