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:
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Here are the notes from last meeting:


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
    • Events at MIT in 2014 - Dick Levins, doctor from Iraq/epidemiologist from Iran(?), S(?) Goshra and Jon King
    • 2015 - Noam Chomsky
    • Reading Group - Pound Commission - investigation of MIT connection to Vietnam War
    • Fall 2015 - start student groups for SftP
      • More seminar series to bring new people together
  • Through local units, build broader national organization
    • Building bases at local universities
    • Identifying students, post-grads, faculty to build orbs
    • Developing mission statements to attract and unify membership
    • Charlie - went out and tried something, that brought people together
    • Developing website - central point/resource for organizing

On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 5:04 PM, SftP Revitalization <[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

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.

Ben Allen