Faculty member appointed to AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jennifer Wagner, Penn State assistant professor of law, policy and engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, was appointed to serve on the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.

According to the association’s website, the committee is not only tasked with collecting information on restrictions of scientific freedom and assisting AAAS in creating policies that safeguard scientific integrity and freedom but also with “address[ing] ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology” as part of AAAS’s Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program.

“This is tremendously important to me, and I’m honored to serve in this role to impact science and policy in the United States and globally,” Wagner said.

A member of AAAS since 2009, Wagner previously served as the 2014-15 AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow in a U.S. Senator’s office. She has served on panels at AAAS conferences, including “Building a DNA Bridge to Reunify Separated Migrant Families” and “Human Rights Applications of Genetic Technologies.”

AAAS is “the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society” that “seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people,” according to its website.

AAAS recently recognized the following Penn State faculty members at their annual meeting as fellows: Mónica Medina, professor of biology; Mary K. Shenk, associate professor of anthropology, demography and Asian studies; Scott A. Showalter, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology; Jay R. Stauffer Jr., distinguished professor of ichthyology; and Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering and holder of the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Regenerative Engineering.


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