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Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting: January 23, 2012

The seventh meeting of the Coalition began with an opening plenary by Rebecca Tsosie, Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The meeting continued with working group meetings, training workshops, and panel discussions on human rights issues central to the mission of the Coalition, including: “Research Collaborations with Indigenous Scientists and Communities,” “Indigenous People, Human Rights, Science and Technology,” and ” Benefit Sharing: A Human Rights Approach to Indigenous Knowledge.”

The Coalition meeting concluded with a reception, followed by an evening panel on “Indigenous Voices in Scientific Debate: Human Rights, the Environment and Climate Change.”

Opening Plenary

Moderator: Jessica M. Wyndham, AAAS Scientific Responsiblity, Human Rights and Law Program

Presenter: Rebecca Tsosie, Executive Director, Indian Legal Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Workshop: Research Collaborations with Indigenous Scientists and Communities

Moderator: Jerome F. Baker, Executive Director, Sigma Xi


  • Stephen Loring, Museum Anthropologist, Smithsonian Artic Studies Center
  • Lillian Tom-Orme, Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, University of Utah

Workshop: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, Science and Technology

Moderator: Pamala Silas, Executive Director, American Indian Science and Engineering Society


  • Megan Bang, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Washington
  • Keith Harper, Partner and Chair, Native American Practice Group, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP

Benefit Sharing: A Human Rights Approach to Indigenous Knowledge

Moderator: Margaret Vitullo, Director, Academic and Professional Affairs Program, American Sociological Association


  • Ethel Branch, Staff Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center
  • Douglas Herman, Senior Geographer, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Joshua Rosenthal, Deputy Director, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health

Indigenous Voices in Scientific Debate: Human Rights, the Environment and Climate Change

Moderator: Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS and Executive Publisher, Science


  • Jose Aguto, Policy Advisor, Environment & Natural Resources, National Congress of American Indians
  • Chris Farley, National Climate Change Advisor, USDA Forest Service
  • Kristen Hite, Interim Director, Climate Change Program, Center for International Environmental Law

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