Paper No. 133-8
Presentation Time: 4:05 PM
YES, AND: THE CHANGING OBLIGATIONS OF SCIENTISTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Science and scientists have undergone numerous transformations throughout history. From the very first observers who thought to document volcanic eruptions or the human body in writing, to the persecution of learned men (and let's be honest, only men) by religious organizations, to the recognition of science as an engine of societal change, growth, and progress in the halcyon days of the 20th century, to the denial of scientific reality in pursuit of corporate profits, the only constant aside from change itself has been the scientific method. Today, we have entered a new scientific epoch, one that demands us to reach beyond pure disciplinary specialization to enhance our abilities as speakers, writers, public policy advocates, educators, public figures, and community leaders. Challenges are myriad in this new world, but so are the opportunities to revolutionize society's relationship with science.