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Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Spring 2022 Lecture Series

Friday, April 15 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Cecil H. Green Hall (GR), 4.428
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Dan Hicks, Ph.D.
University of California, Merced

The Crisis of Trust in Science, and Other Myths

It's widely believed that there's a general crisis of trust in science — that the US public, as a whole, rejects scientific expertise and its traditional role in making good public policy.  Drawing on work in the philosophy, psychology, and sociology of science, Dr. Hicks argues that this view is mistaken.  Rather than a general crisis of trust, specific groups have specific challenges to scientific claims in the context of specific policy debates.  The narrative of a general crisis of trust in science is a myth, a foundational story, used by scientists to grapple with the empirical falsification of two other myths:  that the American public wants to be governed by politically centrist experts and that science provides a clean alternative to messy political conflict.  


Dan Hicks (they/them) is a philosopher of science, data scientist, and science policy scholar at the University of California, Merced. Besides various positions in academia, Dr. Hicks has spent time as a policy fellow with the US Environmental Protection Agency and National Science Foundation and has been involved in local activism with food and racial justice movements. Their research primarily focuses on public scientific controversies, from genetically modified foods to self-driving cars to air pollution and pesticides.

This event will be live-streamed on the Center's YouTube channel at Tune in at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public, Graduate Students, International Students


Research, Science & Technology



Arts & Humanities, The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
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