Scientist Lewis M. Branscomb Gives $1 Million Gift to Found New Center for Science and Democracy at UCS
Union of Concerned Scientists
April 30, 2012
Featuring: Lewis M. Branscomb, director emeritus of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; professor emeritus of public policy and corporate management; member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Branscomb’s gift to found science and democracy center
“CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (April 30, 2012)—The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) announced today that it has received a $1 million gift from Lewis M. Branscomb, a prominent physicist and intellectual leader on science and policymaking. The gift will help launch a new Center for Science and Democracy at UCS that will work toward restoring the essential role science, evidence-based knowledge and constructive debate play in the U.S. policymaking process.
Branscomb’s gift comes as scientists have become increasingly worried about how policymakers and members of the public view science, as well as the quality of public dialogue about the benefits of science and technology to the public and democratic governance. The Center’s activities will work to bring together scientists, policymakers and other constituencies to address these issues.”