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Complete video at: Are politicians more comfortable discussing religion than science? Harvard physicist Lisa Randall discusses the role that scientists play in public discourse, stressing the importance of their participation. ----- IDEAS THAT ACCELERATE: SCIENCE MULTIPLIERS On the Frontiers of Physics A conversation with: Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University Ira Flatow, Science Friday, NPR Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR's Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation. Lisa Randall is an American theoretical physicist and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. She works on several of the competing models of string theory in the quest to explain the fabric of the universe. Her most well known contribution to the field is the Randall-Sundrum model, first published in 1999 with Raman Sundrum. She was the first tenured woman in the Princeton University physics department and the first tenured female theoretical physicist at MIT and Harvard University.