Daniel J. Rozell

Dangerous Science

Science Policy and Risk Analysis for Scientists and Engineers

Ubiquity Press

The public is generally enthusiastic about the latest science and technology, but sometimes research threatens the physical safety or ethical norms of society. When this happens, scientists and engineers can find themselves unprepared in the midst of an intense science policy debate. In the absence of convincing evidence, technological optimists and skeptics struggle to find common values on which to build consensus. The best way to avoid these situations is to sidestep the instigating controversy by using a broad risk-benefit assessment as a risk exploration tool to help scientists and engineers design experiments and technologies that accomplish intended goals while avoiding physical or moral dangers.

Dangerous Science explores the intersection of science policy and risk analysis to detail failures in current science policy practices and what can be done to help minimize the negative impacts of science and technology on society.


Interviewed for January 2023 The City "Rising Groundwater Threatens New York City — Researchers to Study How Much"

Quoted in June 2022 Undark Magazine "The Challenges of Calculating a Lab Leak Risk"

Interviewed for December 2021 MIT Technology Review in “How rising groundwater caused by climate change could devastate coastal communities

"The Ethical Foundations of Risk Analysis" was selected for a 2018 Best Paper Award