About Us

Science for the Public is a grassroots nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve public understanding of, and appreciation for, science. Modern democratic society depends on an informed public in a global community. Citizens today require an understanding of basic scientific concepts, new developments in science, and numerous science-issues. There is no science curriculum for the general public. We provide the best information we can obtain with the help of outstanding scientists who are committed to keeping the public well informed. We do this through our programs and starting Fall of 2014 with supplementary resources on our Website.

Board of Directors

  • Kamaljit S. Bawa, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Tulika Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Boston University
  • Daniel Czizo, Ph.D., Victor P. Starr Career Dev. Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Brian Helmuth, Ph.D., Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences; also Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; and Director, Sustainability Science and Policy Initiative, Northeastern University
  • Sameer Sankusale, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts University; PI, Nanoscale Integrated Sensors and Circuits Laboratory (NanoLab).
  • Henrik Selin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of Longer-Range Future, Boston University
  • David Toomey, Ph.D., Professor of English and Co-Director of the Program for Professional Writing and Technical Communication. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

We produce three programs:

  • The Public Science Lectures scheduled at Boston-area venues in spring and fall
  • Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations interview program recorded at Belmont Media Center community TV
  • Working Science mini-documentaries --recorded generally in researchers' labs

Boston-area scientists participate in Science for the Public programs as a public service. Our programs are produced by volunteers through the services of the Belmont Media Center Community TV in Belmont Massachusetts. Belmont Media Center broadcasts the programs and provides a video list on the BMC Website (mostly under "Contemporary Science.") Videos of our programs are uploaded to the Science for the Public Website, the WGBH Forum Network, and the SftPublic YouTube channel.

Science for the Public endorses the efforts of Boston-area museums and universities that encourage public interest in science. For a list of Boston-area science organizations that host public events see the Science Boston link on the bottom (footer) of our home page. We recommend Fred Hapgood's indispensable BostonScienceLectures weekly e-list of events for Boston-area science events.

We welcome input from the public as well as from the science community.