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White House science and technology policy adviser headlines remote climate justice panel

Gretchen Goldman, assistant director for Environmental Science, Engineering, Policy and Justice at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will headline “Open for Climate Justice,” a remote panel discussion hosted by the UB Libraries on Oct. 27.

The discussion, set for 11 a.m., is free and open to the public. Guests should register in advance.

Goldman, who previously served as research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, is one of the country’s leading researchers on topics including federal scientific integrity, fossil energy production, climate change and environmental justice.

UB Libraries’ panel discussion reflects the theme of this year’s international Open Access Week. This annual event promotes opportunities to share knowledge of environmental policy changes and social issues in ways that address human rights and social equality for people around the world. The Office of Science and Technology Policy recently released guidelines regarding open access to published research conducted with federal funding.

“Goldman is an expert in the field of climate research, but she has also worked tirelessly in the area of open access to research at a time when people are being disproportionately affected by matters related to climate and the environment,” says Jonathan Grunert, scholarly publishing librarian who will moderate the discussion.

“Climate researchers are not the only actors in the complex reality of climate justice,” says Grunert. “We’ll hear from communication researchers, publishers and librarians. Hearing these voices together allows us to see things differently and in ways that can generate positive change.”

A complete list of participants is available on the UB Libraries website.

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