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David Westman <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:24:46 -0700
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Hello Ben,
         Thanks for these notes, but one small correction.  My present 
home is Seattle, WA, although back in the early 1970's, when I was 
active in SftP, I lived in Washington, DC.  I know it is easy to confuse 
one Washington with the other, but I think the notes should reflect 
where I am now, not where I was forty years ago.

David Westman

On 7/29/2015 4:04 PM, SftP Revitalization wrote:
> Here are the notes from last meeting:
> 7/19/15
> On the call - Ben Allen, Larry Romsted (Rutgers - New Jersey), Carol 
> Cina (Oregon), Frank Bove (CDC - Atlanta), Julie Geredien (Baltimore), 
> Yarden Katz (MIT - Boston), David Westman (Washington DC), Lisette 
> Torres-Gerald (Iowa State University/Nebraska Wesleyan University) - 
> Iowa/Lincoln, Nebraska), Jean Aguilar-Valdez (Oregon), Charlie Welch 
> (MIT - Boston), Paul Malachi (Boston)
> Paul Malachi - Boston Work
>   * Alliance for Secular Democracy in South Asia - Western Hemisphere
>     project at MIT
>   * Worked with Jon King (original member SftP) to bring students
>     together to discuss science and society
>   * After SftP Amherst meeting, Charlie discussed with Paul the idea
>     of starting SftP at MIT
>       o Events at MIT in 2014 - Dick Levins, doctor from
>         Iraq/epidemiologist from Iran(?), S(?) Goshra and Jon King
>       o 2015 - Noam Chomsky
>       o Reading Group - Pound Commission - investigation of MIT
>         connection to Vietnam War
>       o Fall 2015 - start student groups for SftP
>           + More seminar series to bring new people together
>   * Through local units, build broader national organization
>       o Building bases at local universities
>       o Identifying students, post-grads, faculty to build orbs
>       o Developing mission statements to attract and unify membership
>       o Charlie - went out and tried something, that brought people
>         together
>       o Developing website - central point/resource for organizing
> On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 5:04 PM, SftP Revitalization 
> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> 
> wrote:
>     The Science for the People Revitalization group will have its next
>     conference call this coming Sunday, August 2nd at 7PM EST/6PM
>     CST/4PM PST.
>     This call will focus on developing our communications strategy and
>     leveraging our resources like the website and social media. We
>     need to think about what types of content we want to produce and
>     ways to use these platforms to help organizing at the local,
>     regional, and national levels. Also, it seems prudent to establish
>     contacts for local efforts to put online. Even it is only a few of
>     us at the beginning, I am sure this will grow over time.
>     The number and meeting ID are:
>     Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031 <tel:%28712%29%20775-7031>
>     Meeting ID: 621-072-494
>     Host ID: 6522
>     This group has a conference call the first Sunday of every month
>     at 7PM EST/6PM CST/4PM PST.
>     If you are interested in further participation in the SftP
>     revival, please reply to this email with your contact information.
>     Thanks,
>     Ben Allen