'War on science' is focus of Lamb Peace Lecture

Best-selling author Chris Mooney will explore “The War on Science” in the annual Edward Lamb Peace Lecture on Wednesday (April 5).

Chris Mooney
Chris Mooney
Mooney, a journalist specializing in issues at the intersection of science and politics, is the author of The Republican War on Science, published in 2005 by Basic Books. Free and open to the public, his 7:30 p.m. talk in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater will examine what he describes as the right wing's assault on science and scientists.

According to his book’s publisher, “Science has never been more crucial to deciding the political issues facing the country. Yet science and scientists have less influence with the federal government than at any time since the Eisenhower administration.” Mooney attributes this to a conservative dislike of environmental, health and safety regulation and, at the extremes, of evolution and legalized abortion.

Mooney was born in Mesa, Ariz., and grew up in New Orleans. He graduated in 1999 from Yale University, where he wrote a column for the Yale Daily News. Before becoming a freelance writer, he worked for two years at The American Prospect as a writing fellow, then staff writer, then online editor. There, he helped to create the popular Web log (or “blog”) Tapped.

His blog The Intersection was a recipient of Scientific American's 2005 Science and Technology Web award, which noted, "Science is lucky to have such a staunch ally in acclaimed journalist Chris Mooney."

Mooney has been featured regularly by the national media, having appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, NPR's “Science Friday” and “The Al Franken Show,” among many other television and radio programs.

The Edward Lamb Peace Lecture annually brings internationally recognized experts to BGSU to address major environmental issues and how they affect world security. The lecture series began in 1986 in honor of the late Edward Lamb, a prominent Toledo lawyer committed to social justice, civil rights and world peace. It is underwritten by the Lamb Foundation of Toledo.

The lecture is organized by the Environmental Health and American Culture Studies programs.

For more information, call Dr. Gary Silverman at 2-6062 or Dr. Philip Terrie at 2-6886.
April 3, 2006