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Published on Oct 19, 2016
A More Scientific Union was the first science-based town hall for the 2016 election and a crucial moment for highlighting science issues this election year to the public.
Held at the YouTube Space New York, hosted by The Young Turks, the event arose to fill a specific deficiency in our national public dialogue.
Sex scandals, fantasy football, and airports… when are Trump and Hillary going to begin talking about issues that matter?
While our politicians talk about a wide range of issues, they rarely, if ever, discuss the ones most centrally responsible for our overall quality of life: science and technology.
The evening featured two panels: Panel A “Science and the Election: Media” and Panel B, “Science and the Election: Health, Medicine, Environment”.
Panel B: “Science and the Election: Health, Medicine, Environment” panelists: Rush Holt - Former Congressman, President of American Association for the Advancement of Science Harold Varmus - Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (14th Director of NCI (Obama), 14th Director of NIH (Clinton)) Andy Revkin - New York Times journalist and blogger Mary Woolley - President, Research!America Majora Carter - Original TED Speaker, radio host, founder Sustainable South Bronx
Moderator: John Iadarola - The Young Turks Introductory Comments by: Jayde Lovell, host pf ScIQ on the TYT Network - www.youtube.com/sciq and Twitter: @sciq_tyt
This panel focused on health and medicine and health and the environment. A question was also asked of Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists: What is your take on the lead crisis in Flint - what can science/policy do to protect vulnerable communities? Another question was asked of Nancy Knowlton from the Smithsonian Institute: what are your reasons for optimism for the environment?
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