This Thursday, State Senator Scott Bennett will be giving a talk on science-based legislation, courtesy of the UIUC Science Policy Group and the Beckman Institute.

The talk, which will be held in the Beckman Institute's auditorium, will be open to the public, and will also feature a Q + A section. For more info, check out the press release below:


Illinois state Senator Scott Bennett to give public talk on science-based legislation on UIUC campus

Senator Bennett (D-Champaign) will be giving a short lecture based on his experience working with scientists to craft legislation within the Illinois Senate. He will help explain how scientists are able to contribute their knowledge and research throughout the legislative process, followed by
a short question and answer period. The public talk on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus will be held on Thursday, July 13 th at 4:00 pm in the auditorium at the Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews, Urbana. The talk is open to the public.

Senator Bennett is the state senator from Illinois 52 nd district representing Champaign and Vermillion counties. As vice chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee he has been a tireless advocate for protecting local farmers and the environment. He has passed legislation to help protect the Mahomet aquifer and maintain clean drinking water for the area. He also serves on committees striving to improve higher education in Illinois, and has sponsored legislation to increase agricultural education.

The event is sponsored by the UIUC Science Policy Group (SPG). The SPG is a bipartisan collective of graduate students who are interested in creating opportunities for scientists to engage in the public policy discourse. The group has previously hosted several invited speakers and lectures for the campus community, including their bi-annual Call a Representative Day
event hosted every spring and fall. The event will co-hosted by the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The Beckman Institute is a worldwide leader in fostering interdisciplinary research in engineering, and physical and biological sciences.