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Science Debate 2008

Shawn Lawrence Otto, CEO of Science Debate 2008, speaks at a press conference held at the Franklin Institute on March 14. Photo by Lisa GodfreyScience centers across the United States have joined scientists and other concerned citizens in calling for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology during this election year. Recognizing that science and technology lie at the center of a very large number of the policy issues facing our nation and the world, Science Debate 2008 organizers and supporters are asking the U.S. presidential candidates to share their views on issues related to the environment, medicine, and health and on science and technology policy. As of yet, no candidates have accepted the invitation, so the debate, originally planned for April 18 at the Franklin Institute, is now tentatively scheduled for national broadcast in May from Portland State University, Oregon.

ASTC and several of its member museums have signed on to support the debate, including the Museum of Science, Boston; the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul; the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences, both in Philadelphia; and the New York Hall of Science and the American Museum of Natural History, both in New York.

About the image: Shawn Lawrence Otto, CEO of Science Debate 2008, speaks at a press conference held at the Franklin Institute on March 14. Photo by Lisa Godfrey.