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Prof. Steinzor Op-Ed Supports Science’s Role in Policymaking

In a March 30 op-ed in The (Baltimore) Sun, Jacob A. France Research Professor of Law Rena Steinzor, along with co-author Wendy Wagner of Case Western Reserve University Law School, lauds President Obama's plan to develop a comprehensive plan to protect science from politics in his administration, while cautioning just how challenging an assignment that will be.

Professors Steinzor and Wagner, co-editors of the book Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research, (Cambridge University Press 2005) offer recommendations for what the President will need to do to "restore science to its rightful role in policymaking," including "unstacking" advisory panels, treating private and public research with the same healthy skepticism, disclosing more, and protecting whistle-blowers.

Read Professor Steinzor's op-ed "Purifying Science".

The president of the Center for Progressive Reform, a think tank comprised of some 52 member scholars from universities across the United States, Professor Steinzor has written extensively on efforts to reinvent environmental regulation in the United States, the use and misuse of science in environmental policy making, and the devolution of legal and administrative authority to the states.

Professor Steinzor edited the book A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment (Carolina Academic Press 2005) with Professor Christopher Schroeder of the Duke Law School. The book proposes an alternative set of values and principles that should guide efforts to reform environmental law. Professor Steinzor’s book entitled Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids was published by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2007.


Posted by Jamie Smith on 4/1/09

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