Forward Together: Shared Values – Building Trust and Connections

In the closing plenary, panelists discussed the importance of public trust in science and the role that faith communities can play in fostering engagement on science and society. DoSER's 25th Anniversary, June 2021.

This session was hosted as part of the 2021 virtual 25th Anniversary event, “Forward Together: Where Science, Ethics, and Religion Intersect in a Changing World.

While studies have shown that public trust in science as a whole is strong, questions often arise about public confidence in specific scientific advances and how scientific evidence is created, understood, and applied by people. While science can inform public discourse on forefront science issues, values and identity also play a role in how people ultimately understand and respond. In this plenary, panelists discussed the importance of public trust in science and the role that faith communities can play in fostering engagement on science and society.

Closing Plenary: Shared values - building trust and connections between scientific and faith communities

Forward Together, June 2021

Speakers and Moderator

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David Anderson, Founder and Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church and Founder and President, BridgeLeader Network

Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture and wealth.  His work has brought hope and healing to communities, families and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Known as the bridge-building voice in the Nation’s Capital, Anderson hosts the daily radio talk show “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian Talk Station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian Talk station in the nation. As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 10,000 weekly attendees, viewed in over 100 countries, with two locations in Columbia, Maryland, and Owings Mills, Maryland.

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Sudip Parikh, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sudip Parikh, PhD, became executive publisher of the Science family of journals and CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in January 2020.  The son of Indian immigrants, Parikh completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Early in his career Parikh was a Presidential Management Intern at the NIH and was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship while earning his Ph.D. in macromolecular structure and chemistry from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.  He has spent two decades at the nexus of science, policy, and business and is an active member of the scientific advocacy community.

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Jennifer Wiseman, Director, AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program

Dr. Jennifer J. Wiseman is the Director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program. She is also an astrophysicist at NASA, where she is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. She studies the formation of stars and planetary systems using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics for her bachelor’s degree at MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and earned her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1995. She is also a public speaker and author, and enjoys giving talks on the excitement of science and astronomy to schools, youth and church groups, and civic organizations. She is a Councilor of the American Astronomical Society and a former President of the American Scientific Affiliation.

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