In this conversation about science and public policy, Kei Koizumi will reflect on his eight years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, provide a brief review of federal science funding, especially at universities, and talk about several policy issues the Obama Administration tried to tackle in its concluding years, for example, the emergence of automation technologies and the economic, jobs, and policy challenges they create.

Dr. Mike Lubell, who directed the Washington DC Office of Public Affairs of the American Physical Society for 22 years, will discuss his work in understanding the roots of populist rebellion that began with the 2010 election and culminated with Trump’s victory. He will highlight the challenges the nation—and particularly the science community—face going forward and the danger these challenges pose to popular support for science and federal support of scientific research.

Koizumi and Lubell will talk about how these challenges and others are playing out in the science community and the Washington, DC policy community in 2017. We hope you will be able to participate in this important and timely discussion.


Presented by the Hunter College Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Biological Sciences.


Science, Policy and Populism: The Obama Years and Beyond, A Conversation with Kei Koizumi and Mike Lubell | Posted on September 18th, 2017 | Faculty Public Programs, Public Programs