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Naomi Oreskes Moderates Environmental Panels at 2018 Davos Summit.

January 29, 2018
Professor Naomi Oreskes attended the annual World Economic Forum in a very snowy Davos, Switzerland from January 22-26, 2018.  While there, she moderated session on Climate, Energy, and Technology.  She also moderated a session titled, “Climate’s Two Degrees of Separation” where former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore was one of the panelists.  View the session on Youtube Read more about Naomi Oreskes Moderates Environmental Panels at 2018 Davos Summit.
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"No More America" debates 18th century ideas of slavery & "natural law"

October 31, 2017
No More, America,” depicts an 18th-century Harvard debate about whether slavery was compatible with natural law. The 14-minute film, on view in the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery, was developed by Professor Peter Galison in conjunction with “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820,” an exhibit highlighting the diverse teaching methods and fine art for which the Harvard Hall room was known.... Read more about "No More America" debates 18th century ideas of slavery & "natural law"

CHSI “Search & Rescue” Story Outlined in Harvard Magazine

October 18, 2017
bruce lenses"Eye on the Cosmos" examines the recent work of Dr. Sara Schechner, David P. Wheatland Curator, and her husband Kenneth Launie, as they rediscovered the lenses and cells of the Bruce Telescope at the Harvard's Oak Ridge Observatory, closed since the early 2000s. Sara and the CHSI have been working hard on salvaging the best telescopes and objects from that research observatory built in the 1930s.

Peter Galison named recipient of the American Physical Society's 2018 Abraham Pais Prize

October 3, 2017

APS LogoThe citation accompanying Peter's prize states: "for outstanding contributions to the history of physics, especially for elucidating the complicated roles of experiment, instrumentation, and theory in the production of scientific knowledge, and for sharing his insights via award-winning scholarship, generous mentoring, and innovative filmmaking."... Read more about Peter Galison named recipient of the American Physical Society's 2018 Abraham Pais Prize

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Study by Naomi Oreskes & Geoffrey Supran profiled in New York Times

August 23, 2017
The New York Times profiled an important new study by History of Science Professor Naomi Oreskes and postdoc Geoffrey Supran on climate change research and the politics of doubt-mongering in the case of Exxon-Mobil. They analyze four decades of documents from the company and find clear evidence of a strategy to mislead the public. Find written and video abstracts for study here. Read more about Study by Naomi Oreskes & Geoffrey Supran profiled in New York Times
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American Association for the Advancement of Science holds annual meeting in Boston.

February 17, 2017

Under the theme "Serving Society Through Science Policy," the 2017 AAAS meeting featured renowned speakers discussing current issues in science, technology, and policy, with a focus on how to inform policies with the best scientific evidence. Prof. Naomi Oreskes presented a plenary titled "The Scientist as Sentinel."

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Kennedy School's STS program launches "First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption."

February 1, 2017

"First 100 Days is an ongoing writing campaign, featuring posts from the broad STS community. Posts analyze and challenge the narratives of both normalization and disruption that are being put forward by the new Trump administration or the discourses that surround it, as well as draw connections to similar political trends elsewhere.... Read more about Kennedy School's STS program launches "First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption."