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October 31, 2008

Professor McGarity presents Bending Science at the Texas Book Festival, November 2, 2008

Book cover for Bending Science

Professor Thomas McGarity of The University of Texas School of Law will discuss and sign his book, Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research, at the Texas Book Festival in Austin on Sunday, November 2, at 3 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol. He is one of about 200 of the nation’s most accomplished authors with recently published works that will be featured at the two-day, free festival at the Texas State Capitol this weekend.

McGarity’s talk, which is open to the public, will be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Building in the Capitol Extension Room E2.012. Following the discussion, participants can buy the book and have it signed by McGarity in a book signing tent fifteen minutes after the end of the session.

Introducing McGarity at the session will be Robert Pitman, a U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District of Texas, sitting in the Austin division, and a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.

For directions to and a schedule for the Texas Book Festival go to: The festival was established in 1995 to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and benefit the state’s public libraries.

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Thomas McGarity

Bending Science, which was co-authored with UT Law professor Wendy Wagner and published last May, describes how advocates for special interests employ a range of devious tactics to manipulate or suppress research on potential human health hazards. Harvard University Press published the book in May 2008.

In the book, McGarity and Wagner describe how scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the safety of chemical products.

Bending Science reveals that ideological and economic attacks on research are part of an extensive pattern of abuse and corruption, and the authors make a compelling case for reforms to safeguard both the integrity of science and the public health.

To read an excerpt from the book on-line or order a book from Harvard University Press go to

Thomas O. McGarity holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law at The University of Texas School of Law. McGarity is a leading scholar in the fields of both administrative law and environmental law. He also teaches torts.

McGarity has written three influential books: Workers at Risk (Praeger, 1993) (co-author), The Law of Environmental Protection (West, 2nd ed., 1991) (co-author), and Reinventing Rationality: The Role of Regulatory Analysis in the Federal Bureaucracy (Cambridge, 1991). His recent articles include “On the Prospect of Daubertizing Judicial Review of Risk Assessment” (Law & Contemporary Problems 2003). He currently serves on the Board of the Center for Progressive Reform.

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