Welcome to our 2020-2021 program year.  While the situation may evolve, our current plan is for all of our meetings to be virtual this program year.  If possible, we may try for an outdoor initiation ceremony in the spring. We will make a final decision on that next spring when we are closer to initiation.  We will host all of our meetings through Zoom.   An email with the link to join the meeting will be sent to people who RSVP for the meeting.  For our Friday meetings, we will have a speaker at 7 and then a social hour afterwards for anyone who wishes to stay online.  

Meeting Information:


Meeting Date and Time: Friday, December 4, 2020

7 pm Central Time - Presentation (via Zoom)

8 pm Central Time - Social Hour (via Zoom breakout rooms)

Speaker: Jacob Carter (Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists)



Abstract: Since the election of President Donald J. Trump, observers of the federal government have noted a marked increase in political interference in federal science, particularly regarding policies that affect public health. Several observers have noted that this administration is waging an “unprecedented” assault on science and science-based safeguards. But are these attacks on science “unprecedented” in comparison to other administrations?  


In this talk, I will discuss political interference under previous administrations and how those strategies relate to what we have seen under the current administration. Additionally, I will provide some thoughts about what the scientific community can do under a more science-friendly administration to restore science to the forefront of decision-making. 

Marc will discuss the various technologies available for glucose measurement and then for the Alertgy deep gluco device presently under development.


Speaker Bio: Jacob Carter is a research scientist for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In this role, Dr. Carter investigates how science is used in the policy-making process, focusing on issues of scientific integrity across the federal government.


Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Carter worked at the Environmental Protection Agency as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to his postdoctoral position, Dr. Carter was at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he worked on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.


Dr. Carter has a B.S. in biology from the University of Central Arkansas, and an M.S. in biology from Kansas State University. He earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology and a graduate-level certificate in environmental studies from the University of Kansas.


RSVP: by Evite or to Gretchen Shearer at gshearerdgs@gmail.com by Thursday, December 3rd.  You will receive an email with the link and instructions to Log in to the meeting.

If you have not already done so, we also encourage you to visit the ISP national Website to pay your annual dues.  Teresa Bixby prepared a very helpful video to walk you through the process using the link


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