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State Of Science Panel
April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmFree to Public
A panel discussion on science activism and advocacy in the Capital Region with public officials, scientists, and activists focusing on how we, as concerned citizens, can get involved most effectively. The event, which replaces this year’s March for Science, is produced by CapSci.
Dr. Abby Kinchy / Associate professor of Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Abby Kinchy studies how social movements, such as the alternative agriculture movement and antifracking activists, resist and shape the development of controversial technologies. Her forthcoming book, Science by the People (Rutgers, Sept. 2019), explores how citizen science—research by people who are not professional scientists—can advance goals of environmental justice and social transformation. She is also the author of Seeds, Science, and Struggle: The Global Politics of Transgenic Crops (MIT Press, 2012). Kinchy completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is currently an associate professor in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Meghan Marohn / Green Sanctuary Committee of the Albany Unitarians, Extinction Rebellion, and Teacher
Meghan Marohn is an artist, environmentalist, and educator. She’s the founder of a community art project, the Troy Poem Project, and has been a high school English teacher and an adjunct professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Trained as a Climate Reality Leader in Denver in March of 2017, Meghan has also presented on the climate crisis at various religious and academic institutions in New York and New Jersey. Through the Climate Reality Project and Uptown Summer at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, she has worked with young people to develop their creative expression of environmental changes in the Anthropocene. She heads the Green Sanctuary Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, and since this past winter, she has joined up with activists worldwide to support the mission of Extinction Rebellion, a movement of nonviolent direct action addressing the imminence of anthropogenic climate change.
Dr. Emilly Obuya / Assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry,Sage Colleges
Maxwell Prime / District Office Congressional Aide For Paul Tonko
Bobbi Wilding / Deputy Director, Clean and Healthy NY
Bobbi Wilding, MS, Deputy Director, has two decades of experience as an environmental health advocate. She directs the national Getting Ready for Baby coalition and CHNY’s Reducing Toxics in Child Care Program. Bobbi is an author and co-author of numerous reports and guides, including most recently the Getting Ready for Baby campaign’s Safe Baby Products Guide. Her past writing includes Selling Safer Products, about retailers to the child care community, The Mattress Matters: Protecting Babies and Toddlers While They Sleep; Flame Retardants Finally Fade, No Silver Lining, Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care, and numerous other reports. She has trained hundreds of child care providers to avoid chemicals of concern, and organized the NYS Healthy Economy and Environment conference of 2011. She is a NYS Pollution Prevention Institute Advisory Board member, and serves on the Governance, Outreach and Recruitment, and Data Collection workgroups of the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse. She has co-led the Coming Clean coalition’s Emerging Technologies and Fenceline Action Workgroups, and served as the coalitions’ BPA Coordinator.
Moderated by Dr. Cara Ocobock / Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, President of CapSci
CapSci aims to advance the public understanding of science in the New York Capital Region. Our mission is to foster interactions between scientists and non-scientists, to promote science-based public policy and scientifically literate policy makers, and to nurture diversity within the scientific community.