Science has a huge impact on our world, for good and ill. This means that scientists have a responsibility to think about the consequences of their work and to explain to others why it is worthwhile.
The Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good (the CSCG) molds responsible citizen-scientists through programs that unite the Ursinus culture of research and creativity with the habits of reflection and judgment cultivated by the College’s distinctive first-year course, the Common Intellectual Experience.
- a speaker series that brings to campus models of civically-engaged scientists;
- a student Fellows program to shape responsible leaders in science;
- the FUTURE summer research program, in which students from groups under-represented in science are guided by faculty and upper-class student mentors;
- new courses and internships at the intersection of science and society.
April 18th, 2017
Dr. Rocco Casagrande will speak on the dangers of DURC (Dual Use Research of Concern). DURC is research that may be misapplied to pose a threat to public health and safety, agricultural crops, animals, the environment or national security. Dr. Casagrande will discuss the national regulation of DURC and the role that he helped play in the discussion.
April 20th, 2017
Apr207:00pmMusser AuditoriumDavid N. Pellow, a leading authority on this topic, will encourage us to think about how our relationship with the natural world is shaped by social inequality in ways that privilege some and disadvantage others.