our program of study is that of the career, publications, and actions of James Hansen of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

One example applicable to our program of study is that of the career, publications, and actions of James Hansen of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Hansen, a NASA scientist, has published his research and is also well known for his 1988 Congressional testimony on climate change. His testimony is attributed to raising broad awareness of global warming. Questions about how scientists should participate in public debates over science-related issues such as climate policy, or voice their preferences when it comes to a specific election, have emerged as major topics of discussion. The forum assignment requires you to address the following: Is the responsibility of the scientist to present only the facts in an unbiased way? How do you think Hansen presented his research (do a web search if you are not familiar with him, but be sure to consider the sources you are reviewing)? Do scientists have a responsibility to present the facts in order to impact a change in behavior? As a scientist and citizen, does Hansen have a moral duty to speak out on policy and politics?