Plenary Panelists


Wednesday, 10am / What have we learned? Where do we go from here?

Moderated by David Guston, CSPO co-director


Kevin Finneran, Editor-in-Chief, Issues in Science and Technology
Prior to joining Issues in Science and Technology in 1991, Kevin Finneran was Washington editor of High Technology magazine, a correspondent for the London Financial Times energy newsletters, and a consultant on science and technology policy. His clients included the National Science Foundation, the Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to launching his career in science and technology policy, he taught literature and film studies at Rutgers University.

Laura Helmuth, Senior Editor, Smithsonian
At Smithsonian magazine, Laura Helmuth selects and edits most of the stories about science, nature and technology. Before that she worked for Science magazine's news department for five years, first as a writer covering neuroscience and then as an editor for life sciences stories. She has written for National Wildlife, California Wild, and Science News. She has a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lawrence Krauss, Director, Origins Project; Foundation Professor, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University
Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist whose research covers science from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe. His research interests include the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. Krauss is the author of many scientific publications, as well as several acclaimed popular books, including: The Fifth Essence; Fear of Physics; and The Physics of Star Trek. He holds a doctorate from MIT.

Leslie Meredith, Vice President and Senior Editor, Free Press/Simon & Schuster
Leslie Meredith edits books on health, psychology, animal behavior and other popular sciences, as well as memoir, history, religion and narrative nonfiction. Formerly, she was an executive editor at Ballantine Books, editorial director at Harmony/Crown and executive editor at Bantam. She has worked with such authors as Stephen Jay Gould, Christiane Northrup, Andrew Newberg, Jean Twenge, Philip Zimbardo, Patricia McConnell, Stanley Coren, Sy Montgomery and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Elba Serrano, Director, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement; Regents Professor of Biology, New Mexico State University
Elba Serrano’s specialties and interests blend laboratory science – neuroscience, sensory systems and biophysics – with the ethics and societal implications of science, and gender and ethnic equity in the STEM disciplines. Together with her students, she established the first modern neuroscience laboratory, now large and diverse, at New Mexico State University. Under Serrano’s direction, the NMSU-RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) to Excellence Program – an NIH initiative that supports student scientific development activities in minority-serving institutions to build and diversify the nation's health sciences – unites talented and highly motivated undergraduate and predoctoral students with distinguished faculty scientists in shared research endeavors. Born is Puerto Rico, Serrano has lived in over ten countries and maintains a lifelong interest in international science. She holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Stanford University.

Jameson Wetmore, Assistant Director for Education, Center for Nanotechnology in Society; Assistant Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
Jameson Wetmore's work combines the fields of science and technology studies, ethics, and public policy in order to better understand both the interconnected relationships between technology and society and the forces that change those relationships over time. For instance, Wetmore has studied how the Old Order Amish regulate the technologies they use in order to strengthen their communities, how religious thinkers seek to influence the future of nanoscale research and policy, and how ideas of responsibility get built into systems of automobile safety. He holds a doctorate from Cornell University and is co-editor of Technology & Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future (MIT Press 2009).

May 16-19, 2010
Mission Palms Hotel
Tempe, Arizona
rethink the role of science in society
The original works of art shown on this site are by artist Audrey Riley, [read the artist's statement]
Top: Conversation, 2008/2009, pyrography, colored pencil, acrylic, ink, collage and encaustic on yardsticks
Center: Evolvelove, 2006, colored pencil, pyrography, acrylic, collage, ink on yardsticks