Science, Public Policy, and Law

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904


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Authors Sarah Milov (The Cigarette: A Political History), Igor Volsky (Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns), and James C. Zimring (What Science is and How it Really Works) delve into the history behind manipulations of scientific studies for economic and political gain, within a discussion of how science works and how much confidence can be placed on scientific claims. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Milov manages to bring fresh insight into how the industry’s power hooked government treasuries, the advertising business and scientists for hire, to trump public health for so long…What Milov adds is a nuanced account of the interplay between corporate machinations and government support for the industry from the 1930s until very recently.”Nature

“[Guns Down is] A short, direct, crystal-clear, and urgent call to action certain to get a blast from the NRA.”—Kirkus Reviews

“We can make our communities safer, save lives, and respect the Second Amendment. This book is about public safety.” —Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Second District of Illinois

“The message of this extraordinary book is loud and clear: we need a better understanding of science. That it is written by a scientist – and aimed in part at a scientific audience – makes the message all the more credible … and urgent. Science may not be perfect, but it is the best hope we’ve got. Zimring has written an engaging and accessible book on the importance of digging beneath what we think we know about science.”— Lee McIntyre, Boston University and author of The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience