A Scientist in Politics: What I Learned from Running for Office

Jay C. Buckey, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

Friday, May 6, 2011, 3:30pm (refreshments at 3:15pm)

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

Funding for science and engineering research often depends on politics. Congress sets federal research and development budgets. Building and maintaining the infrastructure to support a high-technology economy also requires political decisions.

Although the United States has traditionally supported science and engineering, this support cannot be taken for granted. To successfully compete in the global economy, the United States must remain a leader in technology and innovation, and this will require political support. In this talk, I'll discuss the important political lessons I learned from my run for the United States Senate, and I'll explain why it's critical that scientists and engineers be actively engaged in our political system.

About the Speaker

Jay C. Buckey, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Thayer School. In 2007-2008 he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in NH and advocated for investments in technology, innovation, and a new energy economy.