A Project of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
WITH GENEROUS
SUPPORT FROM
Boettcher Foundation & Gates Family Foundation
in honor of
Pam & George Beardsley

MAKING SCIENCE
SECOND NATURE.

The Institute provides tools, data, processes, and a safe environment for deliberative, productive dialogue on policy issues involving science.

Mission

We are a catalyzing force for better policy making by encouraging Americans to talk to each other again, and to solve problems through civil dialogue and scientific thinking.

Vision

A future in which all people honor our common humanity, understand the reality of science, and agree that science must be considered in creating public policy.

The Team

George Sparks

George Sparks has been the President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science since November 2004.  He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.  His career included marketing, sales, and general management of global businesses in software, systems, and services. 

Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, George spent 9 years in the Air Force as a pilot and as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the USAF Academy (1976-1978). He is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, and holds an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

George's passion is public policy, particularly around science and education. He is a member of the Colorado Forum, and is on the Boards of Aspen Academy (an independent school), Colorado Education Initiative, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver School of Science & Technology and National Western Stock Show Association.

Kristan Uhlenbrock

Kristan Uhlenbrock is a communicator, scientist, and policy expert. As the Senior Policy Advisor for the Institute for Science & Policy, a project of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, her objective is to ensure science has a respected role in public discourse and policymaking.

Before joining the Institute, Kristan worked for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research on external engagement to strengthen the visibility of the research, capabilities, and opportunities for partnership with the organization. She spent almost a decade in Washington, DC, in the nonprofit, think tank, and government sectors engaging in a range of Earth science and policy challenges. She has worked for the US Climate Variability and Predictability Program, the Center for American Progress, the American Geophysical Union, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

She has served on various boards and committees, including the American Meteorological Society, United Nations Environment Program, and Women’s Aquatic Network, among other leadership positions. She received an MS in marine science, an MA in science writing, and a BS in chemistry. In her free time, Kristan enjoys escaping to the outdoors, writing, and good food and drink with friends.

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TOGETHER WE MOVE FORWARD

OUR OBJECTIVE IS FOR SCIENCE TO BECOME A SECOND-NATURE CONSIDERATION
IN ALL PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND POLICY MAKING.

Chartering Partners

Joan Burleson and James M. Mulligan

Catalyst Foundation

Monty Cleworth

Colorado State University

Mark Eddy and Diane Carman

Jerrold Glick and Shannon Gifford

Mike and Lou Ann Liebman

Anne McCarthy

George Sparks and Dr. Shandra Wilson

Rick Zelenka

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