Ullyot Lecture: “Guiding the Best Policy Decisions: Evidence Matters!”

November 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

the Institute welcomes Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences and former editor in chief of Science, to deliver the 2017 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture.             

Making sound policy decisions about how to invest scarce public resources has never been more urgent. But in this “post-truth” world, is science still a valued factor? How has the application of science made a difference in the quality of our lives, health, economy, and safety? And how can we help others understand the role of science in the benefits we are enjoying now and the promise of science to positively affect the quality of our lives in the future?

This annual award and lecture, endowed in 1990 by chemist Glenn Edgar Ullyot, seeks to illustrate how chemistry, biology, and the sciences in general contribute to the public welfare.

Event Schedule

  • 6:00 p.m. Lecture
  • 7:00 p.m. Reception

About the Speaker

Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016 she was editor in chief of Science journals.

McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and International Association of Geodesy. Her honors include membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

McNutt received a BA in physics from Colorado College and a PhD in earth sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

More Information

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert at sreisert@sciencehistory.org or 215.873.8263.

This program is presented in partnership with the Philadelphia and Delaware Sections of the American Chemical Society, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.