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LMG Science and Factual Media Lab

Institution: Harvard University

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LMG Science and Factual Media Lab

Featured projects (4)

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For more than three decades, whether in print, broadcast media, or online, K. Lee Lerner's 'Taking Bearings' insights have ranged across the human intellectual enterprise to explore science, global issues, and current events. Whether as a newspaper column, blog, or podcast, 'Taking Bearings' essays continue to hold special of importance to those with strategic leadership and crisis management responsibilities. In conjunction with Harvard Bogs hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the Harvard Law School, the LMG Science and Factual Media Lab provides research and production support for 'Taking Bearings' monographs and compendium journal collections. ' Energize your critical thinking skills and more deeply engage colleagues and audiences with 'Taking Bearings'' background briefings written for non-scientists on the science needed to understand, manage, or invest in, emerging engineering technologies, biotechnology, and other sectors where leaders and crisis managers must make key calculated risk assessments. "Recognized for his use of language, accuracy, and balanced presentation, K. Lee Lerner's portfolio covering science and global issues has garnered respected writing, book and media awards, including books on climate change, infectious diseases, and biotechnology named as Outstanding Academic Titles. Lerner's experience, stories, and photos span every continent. In addition to working in areas undergoing civil instability, recovering from natural disasters, or suffering disease outbreaks, Lerner has also completed two global circumnavigations. His Academia site consistently ranks among those most frequently accessed by students, scholars, and decision makers from around the world."— National Press Club biography
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The LMG Science and Factual Media Lab produces evidence-based science and factual books, papers, reports, articles, films, and other media for news services, peer-reviewed journals, and private clients. Whether intended for academic use or as part of confidential reports for private clients, the labs experts generate insightful media offering both foundational information and critical insights into current events and global issues that are essential for accurate assessments, strategic leadership, and crisis management.
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The production of evidence-based university-level courses as well as the creation and updating of academic databases intended for high school students, college undergraduates, journalists, and others with a need for vetted background information related to science and global issues
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The LMG Science and Factual Media Lab produces evidence-based science and factual books, papers, reports, articles, films, and other media for news services, peer-reviewed journals, and private clients. Whether intended for academic use or as part of confidential reports for private clients, the labs experts generate insightful media offering both foundational information and critical insights into current events and global issues that are essential for accurate assessments, strategic leadership, and crisis management.

Featured research (12)

The deaths in San Antonio of more than 50 migrants found in trailer-truck abandoned in Texas summer heat... Right now, vulnerable migrants are dehumanized into political footballs as the United States border policies swing between overly permissive and overly restrictive extremes... I would hope that people on both the left and right in American politics would look at this tragedy as a reminder that shaping a cogent and consistent border policy that maintains U.S. integrity, discourages illegal migration, and protects us from the worst in other societies is important. It is equally important to treat genuine asylum seekers with dignity and treat those who simply want to work with the basic protections and security green cards provide. In sum, we should strive for policies that are both humane and emblematic of a great nation substantially built by people from other lands.
Iran now has the enriched uranium it needs to build a nuclear weapon: Containment is a failure as Iran’s breakout time is now essentially at zero. [Additional background for non-scientists is appended]. According to estimates prepared from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports and Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), Iran now has sufficient stores of highly enriched uranium (e.g., HEU or 60 percent enriched uranium ) to fashion a crude nuclear weapon. [1] As I predicted in March, Iran now has sufficient HEU, the required centrifuges, and the skill to rapidly increase enrichment of weapon-grade uranium (e.g., WGU or 90 percent enriched uranium) within a few weeks. [2] … (download to read more)
Taking Bearings: Ten things to know about the war in Ukraine, including Putin's potential use of a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine 1. Time is now an ally of Ukraine. With Western logistical support, time is now on Ukraine's side. Until recently time was viewed as something that worked against Ukraine. Given Russia's superior numbers, the defeat and occupation of Ukraine was widely viewed (myself included) as just a matter of time. The stout Ukrainian resistance combined with Russian Army and Air Force arrogance and incompetence have now, however, turned time into a Ukrainian asset. Absent substantial help from China, or Putin's use of tactical nuclear weapons (for political purposes his most viable WMD option) the war has devolved into one of attrition that gives a constantly resupplied Ukraine a fighting chance. 2. Putin's WMD reasoning. A war of attrition increases the potential that Putin will resort to the use of a tactical nuclear weapon. How likely is it that Putin might pursue a nuclear option? If Putin is irrational then rational analysis will not yield medium or high confidence assessments of his potential decisions, but one way to approach this problem is to assess negative outcomes a rational Putin might weigh in deciding whether to use a nuclear device. 3. Perilous options. Should Putin attempt the use of a tactical nuclear weapon, he not only faces the prospect that (1) subordinates may not follow orders, but also (2) that a nuclear weapon fizzles. If either of those things happen, it is the end of the Putin regime. 4. A military plundered by corruption. How much confidence does Putin have in his command and control? …. 5. How potent is the Russian nuclear threat? There is also great uncertainty regarding the state of Russian nuclear weapons. Given the state of Russian military infrastructure and performance, it is questionable whether the Russian have adequately maintained and replenished enriched uranium or plutonium stocks. Nuclear weapons also depend on other components that degrade with time… download to read more
March 22, 2022 Russian media is a tightly controlled instrument of state propaganda. Sadly, large segments of our western media are now independently engaged in cheerleading that often crossed into propaganda. The Ten Essential Techniques and Elements of Propaganda. Go ahead... test it against all sides in all wars. Although formulated for war, with some minor modifications the list is also applicable to political and culture war propaganda. "1. We don’t want war; we are only defending ourselves. 2. Our adversary is solely responsible for this war. 3. Our adversary’s leader is inherently evil and resembles the devil… (download to read more)
Ten things you need to know about the nuclear capacity of the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to offer cogent analysis of Iran’s compliance with the existing Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and/or ongoing negotiations by the U.S. to adapt that agreement before joining it once again as a participating party. Based on a recent International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Iran Verification and Monitoring Report of March 3, 2022 [1], and subsequent Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) analysis [2], Iran is continuing to advance its nuclear capabilities, hide nuclear research facilities, and thwart international inspections. (download to read more)

Lab head

K. Lee Lerner
About K. Lee Lerner
  • Author, editor, and producer of science and factual media, K. Lee Lerner's expansive writing on science and a range of global issues has earned multiple book and media awards. An aviator and sailor, Lerner's dossier of experience, includes two global circumnavigations and portfolio of work in challenging and dangerous environments. Lerner is member of the National Press Club in Washington. This site is in development, please see my established Academia site at harvard.academia.edu/KLeeLerner.

Members (1)

Brenda Wilmoth Lerner
  • Harvard University