Todd L. Pittinsky, a professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, is published in the May 1 issue of Science, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary. His perspective piece, America’s Crisis of Faith in Science, supports the global warming policy in general, and focuses on pathways to greater science literacy and engagement with more consensus and less divisiveness among the public.
“Scientists do not typically think it is their business to inspire faith,” he writes. “Their job is to provide facts. But to solve the pressing problems that require public acceptance of well-established science — from global warming to vaccinations to the increasing overuse of antibiotics — scientists must indeed inspire more public faith in their methods and their mutually enforced trustworthiness.”
Pittinsky’s research investigates the well-known problems and underestimated potential of diverse communities, with a central focus on positive intergroup relations. His research has been published in leading academic journals and business publications. Pittinsky wrote Us Plus Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference, coauthored Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family, edited Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference, and coedited Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders: Enduring Challenges and Emerging Answers.
Pittinsky earned an AB in psychology from Yale University, an MA in psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in organizational behavior from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the Stony Brook faculty, he was an associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as research director of the Center for Public Leadership.