Philosophical Society of Washington

Junk Science, Junk Justice

Roberta Shaffer
Library of Congress

2238th Meeting Abstract
Friday, April 25, 2008 at 8:15 PM


A presentation with Roberta Shaffer, discussing the challenges to understanding complex scientific information in our everyday lives. Our judges, legislators and regulators are faced with science-based decision making that has a huge impact on our global society. This talk will look at some of the socio-legal factors that go into scientific decisions, and some of the approaches that policy makers use.

About the Author:

Roberta I. Shaffer is the executive director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee and the Federal Library and Information Network at the Library of Congress. Shaffer holds degrees from Vassar College, Emory University and Tulane University. She served as director of External Relations and Program Development in the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland at College Park, where she developed a new master's of information management degree program. Prior to that, Shaffer was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin, served as a Fulbright senior research scholar at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, and worked as a special assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress.

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