Sheril Kirshenbaum

Director of the Energy Poll, University of Texas at Austin

Sheril Kirshenbaum is director of The Energy Poll at The University of Texas at Austin. She works to enhance public understanding of science and energy issues and improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. She is also executive director of ScienceDebate, a non-profit initiative encouraging candidates to address science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail.

Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney. For more information, visit her website and follow her on twitter @Sheril_


  • 2010–present
    Director, UT Energy Poll, The University of Texas at Austin