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Science in an Election Year - Evening Reception and Panel

Join us on April 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for an evening reception and panel discussion on Science in an Election Year. During a major election year, news headlines and political platforms often highlight taxes, jobs, and security issues. But what about science? Can issues like climate change, public health, or technology influence a voter’s decision? And how does media coverage vary in an election year and shape the conversation? Our expert panel will explore how science can take either a front or back seat in national, state, and local elections. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. RSVP is required for this free event.


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Colorado Science Policy Fellowship

The Institute was recently awarded a grant from the National Conference of State Legislatures through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to plan and develop a Colorado science policy fellowship program that will provide legislators with direct access to scientists to support evidence-based policymaking.  

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Watch our discussion on the roots of our current divisiveness and new ideas for reducing polarization, from the role of media to interventions that work. Our panelists examine how differing political views intersect with our values, perceptions, and identities. Speakers include Stephen Hawkins, Director of Research for More in Common, Laura Frank, Executive Director of the Colorado News Collaborative, and Jan G. Voelkel, a researcher at the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University.

Watch our discussion on how carbon capture technology has evolved, how it is being used, and the current deliberation of its benefits and tradeoffs. Guests included Will Toor, Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, and Ahmed Abdulla, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Join us as we discuss the potential media threats AI tools such as ChatGPT pose to spreading misinformation and false narratives across the digital landscape. Associate Professor of Information Science Casey Fiesler talks with Institute Director Kristan Uhlenbrock from the University of Colorado where she is a leading researcher of technology ethics, internet law and policy, and online communities. From bias issues to accountability and media ethics, learn how AI will impact our ability to trust information in an increasingly polarized world.

COVID-19: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Now that we have reached the three-year mark of living with COVID-19 in the US, public health experts are reflecting on the past and the path forward. Our panel discusses long COVID, plus reviews what we’ve learned about the virus, what has changed, and what the future may hold. 

Wolves in Colorado: The Colorado Plan

Following the passage of Proposition 114, the 2023 Draft Colorado Wolf Restoration and Management Plan is now complete. Our panelists offer a broad overview of the plan and explore the process of reaching a consensus on this controversial issue.

Climate and our Economy

Climate change already affects large sectors of our economy, from infrastructure and property to public health and tourism. Many opportunities and creative ideas are being pursued by forward-thinking businesses, individuals, and governments. Speakers address the national, state, and local impacts of our changing climate and the benefits to jobs and the clean energy economy as we support a rapid energy transition.

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