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Research Community on Communicating Uncertainty talk on communicating risk and maintaining public trust

Leslie Gerwin, associate director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and Jason Schwartz, Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values (UCHV), both at Princeton University, will speak on “Communicating Risk and Maintaining Public Trust: Challenges in Vaccination and Emergency Health Threats,” on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in 219 Aaron Burr Hall at Princeton University.  Ezra Markowitz, a postdoctoral research associate with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, will serve as commentator.

The seminar is presented by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ (PIIRS) research community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change.   Seminar papers are available to anyone with a Princeton Net ID online. Others wishing to attend should contact Caitlin Daley.**

Gerwin’s research focuses on issues relating to the challenges to constitutionalism during emergencies, particularly those threatening the public's health, and government intervention decisions under conditions of uncertainty. She holds degrees in law, public health, and public policy and is also an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. At Princeton, she teaches an undergraduate seminar on urban education reform in the American studies program and runs a program for public policy students that examines the role of law in public policy decision making.  As a participant in Princeton’s Op Ed, she has returned to her roots in public policy analysis and advocacy.

Schwartz also holds an appointment as UCHV lecturer. His research examines ethical, historical, and policy issues in medicine and public health. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision making in public health policy, and the structure and function of scientific expert advice to government. His general research interest is in the ways in which evidence is interpreted, evaluated, and translated into regulation and policy in medicine and public health.

Markowitz’s research centers on the intersection of psychology, public policy, morality, human well-being, and environmental sustainability with a focus on the psychological factors that influence public engagement with climate change. His dissertation research examines the role of moral emotions in shaping individuals’ perceptions of responsibility toward future generations within the context of global climate change. Other projects include examinations of public perceptions of bioethical issues (e.g., stem cell research) and the role of affect in shaping charitable decision-making in the environmental domain, as well as an exploration of cross-national climate change threat perceptions using a hierarchical modeling framework.

The research community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change, is codirected by Marc Fleurbaey, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Robert O. Keohane, professor of international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Melissa Lane, professor of politics and director of the Program in Values and Public Life; Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Stephen Pacala, Fredrick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, and co-principal investigator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Harold Shapiro, president emeritus of Princeton University, and professor of economics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Robert Socolow is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-principal investigator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, kballen@princeton.edu or 609-258-5078.