This panel discussion took place on Mar 2, 2012
Some 65% of all research and development in the U.S. is funded by private interests. History shows that the corporate funding of scientific research can be problematic — the tobacco industry offers a potent example. When corporations fund science, is truth the ultimate goal, or is stockholder profit?
Please join five outstanding scholars and teachers as they take part in a panel discussion that asks, “Does Corporate Funding Corrupt Science?”:
Lisa Bero, Professor of Health Policy, UCSF
Prof. Bero served as: (1) advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Essential Medcicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, (2) member of the WHO Essential Medicines Committee, and (3) member of the Pan American Health Organization Advisory Committee on Health Reseach. She is Director of the San Francisco branch of the United States Cochrane Center. And, for 12 years, she was an elected member of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group. She serves on several national and international committees related to conflicts of interest and research, such as the Institute of Medicine Committee on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice.
Hank Greely, Professor of Law, Stanford
Dave Patterson, Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley
A measure of the success of these projects is the list of awards won by Prof. Patterson and his teammates: the C & C Prize, the IEEE von Neumann Medal, the IEEE Johnson Storage Award, the SIGMOD Test of Time Award, the ACM-IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, and the Katayanagi Prize. He was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, and Fellow of the Computer History Museum. The full list includes about 30 awards for research, teaching, and service.
Robert Proctor, Professor of History, Stanford
Richard Zare, Professor & Chair of Chemistry, Stanford
Prof. Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical physics in 1964 from Harvard University. He has won more awards for outstanding research than we can possibly enumerate here. Prof. Zare is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; he was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1983; and, just two years ago, he won the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society: the Priestley Medal. With his colleagues at Stanford’s Zare Lab, Prof. Zare continues to investigate many diverse aspects of physical chemistry. He loves to teach, and he offers crucial support to Wonderfest by serving as both board member and technical advisor.
These experts will examine at least five major industries: pharmaceuticals (Bero), biomedicine (Greely), computer science (Patterson), tobacco (Proctor), and chemistry (Zare). Subsequent discussion of the various controversies promises to be enlightening and important.
Does truth triumph in corporation-funded research? Under what conditions might it not? WONDERFEST and the Stanford Chemistry Department jointly present a very special panel discussion. Come take part!
Co-Sponsor: Stanford Chemistry Dept.
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As "the Bay Area Beacon of Science," Wonderfest is charged with illuminating a great deal of geographic and intellectual territory! Let's see if Wonderfest is living up to its ambitious new subtitle.
On March 2, Wonderfest joins the Stanford Chemistry Department in presenting Does Corporate Funding Corrupt Science? When corporate money supports research, is truth the ultimate goal, or is stockholder profit? The tobacco industry seems to offer a potent example of "private" science gone awry. Can we establish general conditions of research funding under which truth always triumphs?
Here is the group of outstanding scholars that Wonderfest has assembled for this panel discussion: (Respective areas of expertise appear in parentheses.)
- Lisa Bero, Professor of Health Policy, UCSF (pharmaceuticals)
- Hank Greely, Professor of Law, Stanford (biomedicine)
- Dave Patterson, Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley (software)
- Robert Proctor, Professor of History, Stanford (tobacco)
- Richard Zare, Professor of Chemistry, Stanford (chemistry)
For more information and for speaker biographies, please see this wonderfest.org page.
Next, on April 18, Wonderfest joins Ask a Scientist in San Francisco to explore one of the most profound questions in science: Whence Consciousness? UC Berkeley neuroscientist and anthropology department chair Terrence Deacon will present Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter.