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Gretchen Goldman

Gretchen Goldman, PhD, is a lead analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she researches how science is used and misused in public policy. Previously, Dr Goldman was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology working on statistical modeling of urban air pollution for use in epidemiologic studies of acute human health effects. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. Dr. Goldman has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Boston Globe,, National Journal, The Guardian, Politico, and the Hill. She currently serves as the vice-chair on the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Ada Lovelace, Women’s History, and the Challenge of Science While Parenting

By March 28, 2016 2 Comments

If you are up on your women in science trivia, you are likely familiar with Ada Lovelace. Lovelace is credited with writing the world’s first computer code. Remarkably, she created code way back in 1843 for a machine that wasn’t even fully functioning yet. 1843! The “Analytical Machine” was built by her colleague Charles Babbage […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Science 101 + Mythbusting

I Want Data: Pregnancy When You Have A Rare(ish) Disease

By February 29, 2016 No Comments

“Can’t you just look at the monitor and tell me when to push?” I asked my nurse. “I feel like I need more data to tell me whether or not I’m getting any closer to having this baby.” I had been pushing for more than three hours and the epidural left me with little physical […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning