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Thu, Jul 25, 2024

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Engines of Knowledge or Merchants of Doubt: Can We Trust Industry-Funded Research?  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

Kevin Elliott
Michigan State University

Private industry now pays for about two-thirds of scientific research and development in the US, but there have been notable cases in which industry-funded research has been manipulated and designed to produce misleading results that harm the public. Prominent examples include tobacco-industry studies developed to exonerate cigarettes and second-hand smoke, pharmaceutical research strategically designed to assist with marketing, and fossil-fuel industry efforts to challenge research on climate change. This talk will explore these worries about industry-funded research, examine the conditions under which research tends to be inappropriately influenced, and offer some suggestions for promoting research that can be widely trusted.

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Location: C-106 Holmes Hall [map]
Price: free
Sponsor: Lyman Briggs College
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