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Advancing Science-Informed Policy in Today’s Political Climate

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Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum

33 Livingston Avenue

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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Congressman Rush D. Holt
CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); executive publisher, Science; U.S. Representative, New Jersey's 12th congressional district (1999-2015)

Nearly every public decision has science embedded somewhere in it, and scientific evidence can be used to illuminate it. Communicating evidence so that it will be used is challenging in these times when there is no distinction among evidence, opinion, and ideological assertion. A new approach at AAAS is to bring evidence to bear on decision holder promise.

Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society. Over his career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. From 1987 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. Holt then served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University.


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