Presidential Forum

Sunday, 6 January 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Note that this year’s Presidential Forum will be held on Sunday, 6 January 2019 at 4:00 p.m.; it will not be held on Monday morning, as in previous years.

AMS is excited to announce the Presidential Forum topic and keynote speakers for the upcoming 99th Annual Meeting:

Building Resilience to Extreme Political Weather: Advice for Unpredictable Times

Mike Henry

Mike Henry directs FYI, which delivers authoritative news and resources on federal science policy with a focus on the physical sciences. FYI is widely read by policymakers and leaders throughout the scientific community as an effective means of keeping current on important policy and funding developments. Before coming to AIP, Mike was government relations manager for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and Washington, D.C., and a legislative aide for Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland. He has an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College.

Dan Kahan

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests (for the moment, anyway) are risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking.

He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus.

Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90).

He is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

David Goldston

David Goldston became Director of the MIT Washington Office in May 2017. Prior to that, he was Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental group for eight years, where he helped shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies, and communications. Before his time at the NRDC he spent more than 20 years on Capitol Hill, working primarily on science and environmental policy, including serving as Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006.

After retiring from government service, Goldston was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and at Harvard University Center for the Environment. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled, “Party of One.” Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report: “Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy,” which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Division of Environment and Life Sciences, and has served on numerous panels of the Academy and other science policy organizations. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.