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EMBL/EMBO Joint Conference 2000

Sheila Jasanoff, Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, USA

Biography

Sheila Jasanoff is Professor of Science and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds faculty affiliations in History of Science, Public Health, and Environmental Science and Public Policy. A lawyer by training, she has devoted her research career to the interactions of law, science, and politics. Her specific areas of interest include law, science, and technology; environmental regulation and risk management; and comparative science and technology policy. Before joining Harvard, she was for 20 years on the faculty of Cornell University, where she founded and chaired the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She is the author of Ć«Risk Management and Political Culture1, "The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers1", and "Science at the Bar: Law, Science, and Technology in America", and co-author of - Controlling Chemicals: The Politics of Regulation in Europe and the United States1. She is also co-editor of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies and section editor for Science and Technology Studies of the "International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences". Jasanoff has held visiting appointments at Yale, Oxford, and Kyoto Universities. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is president of the Society for Social Studies of Science.