The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has joined with Scientists and Engineers for America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), IEEE-USA, Research!America, and The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services to cosponsor a debate between senior representatives of the Obama and McCain presidential campaigns.

Although it has not been possible to secure a presidential debate on "science," the campaigns are willing to allow surrogates to debate scientific aspects of broader public policy issues. Thus, AIBS will cosponsor two debates. The first, themed "Presidential Perspectives on Health," will be held at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on 18 September 2008. Moderated by Julie Rovner, health policy consultant for National Public Radio, the debate will feature Jay Koshla, health policy advisor to John McCain and Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, health advisor to Barack Obama. Campaign representatives will accept questions from the audience. Individuals unable to attend the debate in Washington, DC, will be able to view it via a web feed.

A second debate on energy policy will be held in the coming weeks, likely at a university in California.

For details about these debates and other information about candidate positions on science, visit


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