Science & Society Program Advisory Council
The Aspen Institute Science & Society Program is guided by an Advisory Council that comprises experts and thought leaders who engage with science in society from myriad angles: academia, industry, education, journalism, public institutions, advocacy, finance, and the arts. Together, this group helps the program
- Define critical societal issues that cause gaps in public trust in, and/or understanding of, science;
- Delineate the obstacles toward realizing a more diverse and creative scientific workforce;
- Brainstorm feasible strategies to address these challenges; and
- Identify potential strategic and collaborative partners to enact change.
The Advisory Council held its first meeting on April 20, 2020.
Science & Society Program Advisory Council Members
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
Molecular biologist, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, UCSF Professor Emerita of Biochemistry and Biophysics, former Salk Institute President
President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of its award-winning magazine Science News
Nsikan Akpan, Ph.D.
(Co-Chair and Member in 2020 and 2021)
New York Public Radio Health and Science Editor
Arlene Blum, Ph.D.
Biophysical chemist, author, mountaineer, Green Science Policy Institute Executive Director
Poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate social implications of artificial intelligence, Algorithmic Justice League Founder, Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech (youngest)
Founder and Principal of Future Science Now, past President and Executive Director of Science Philanthropy Alliance
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D.
Oncologist, former Gates Foundation CEO, former UCSF Chancellor
San Diego Natural History Museum President and CEO
Playwright and author who brings stories of science into the spotlight, currently recognized as America’s most produced living playwright
Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg, M.D.
Former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) President and Chair of the Board, former FDA Commissioner
Eric Horvitz, M.D., Ph.D.
Computer scientist, Microsoft Chief Scientific Officer
Regeneron Science Talent Search Winner, Harvard University sophomore
Mae Jemison, M.D.
Engineer, physician, former NASA astronaut, 100 Year Starship (100YSS) project Principal
Valerie Camille Jones, Ed.D.
Atlanta mathematics teacher, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recipient
Robert Klitzman, M.D.
Psychiatrist, bioethicist, Columbia University Professor and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program
Johnson & Johnson Global Head, Office of Innovation, Public Health, and Scientific Engagement
Venture capitalist, Lauder Partners LLC Managing Director
David Michaels, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist, former OSHA Assistant Secretary, author of The Triumph of Doubt and Doubt Is Their Product
Marine biologist, Founder & CEO of Liminal, past Story Collider Executive Director
Joe Palca, Ph.D.
National Public Radio (NPR) science correspondent, National Association of Science Writers past president
Manu Prakash, Ph.D.
Bioengineer, Stanford University Associate Professor, MacArthur Fellow, Foldscope co-inventor
Cynthia Rosenzweig, Ph.D.
Climatologist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Senior Research Scientist and Climate Impacts Group head