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Talk Tomorrow at George Mason-Arlington Campus

April 2, 2008, 5:37 AM
At Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School on Monday, about fifty faculty and students turned out for the lunch time seminar on Framing Science. The Q&A generated traditional questions but also a lot of new ideas and angles. From one of the visiting faculty, we even received an invitation for a possible fall talk at Carleton College in Minnesota.

For those in the DC area, I will be giving a another talk tomorrow at the George Mason-Arlington campus. Open to the public, it's part of the George Mason-Georgetown-George Washington seminar series on science and technology policy. Anyone is invited to attend, but the regular crowd involves faculty, PhD students, and staffers in DC who work in the area of science policy.

Details are below and you are asked to RSVP to David Hart at dhart@gmu.edu.

Professor Matthew Nisbet, School of Communication, American University

"Framing Science: The New Paradigm in Public Engagement"

Thurs., April 3
12 - 1:30 p.m.
AOB 268

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to me at dhart@gmu.edu.

Directions to our Arlington campus (Metro Orange Line) can be found here.


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