Science policy


Science Needs to Learn Lessons from the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Dan Pomeroy, , UCS

The recent March for Science did not help public support for science. That is what the majority of Americans told a recent Pew Research Center survey and what certain news outlets are quick to put in their headlines. My response: Who cares? If my years of organizing for LGBTQ rights taught me anything, it’s that the success of the march should not be measured by the day, but by the movement it creates. Read more >

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Graduate Students Organize to Promote Science-Informed Leadership in the New Executive Administration

Katy Dynarski, , UCS

What do the Curiosity Mars rover, the personal computer, and the antibiotic streptomycin have in common? They’re all inventions and discoveries made in America. Read more >

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The Lashto Fish Farm, Toucan Carré, Haiti. Photo: NRG Energy, Inc.

Breaking Down Barriers: Publishing Open Access Science for Sustainability

Anne Kapuscinski, , UCS

In my new role of Chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), I had the great honor of joining UCS’ delegation at the Paris COP21 climate meeting last December. A clear message from Paris was that we must rapidly transition to a net-zero and climate-resilient society. Scientists at the recent 1.5 Degrees Conference at Oxford University, co-sponsored by UCS, underscored the magnitude of the challenge. And, on Food Day, my public conversation with Michael Pollan at Dartmouth mentioned that agroecology research shows a clear opportunity to help transition our nation’s food system to sustainability, a goal of Plate of the Union. Read more >

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Have We Restored Science to its Rightful Place?—The Scientific Integrity Memo Turns Four Years Old

, former science policy fellow

Four years ago tomorrow, President Obama signed a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on scientific integrity. He asked the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to confer with them – specifically calling out the Office of Management and Budget – and recommend a plan to achieve the highest level of integrity. Read more >

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Obama, Romney Answer Questions on Science Policy Through Science Debate

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Just a few moments ago, Science Debate released responses from President Obama and Governor Romney to fourteen questions related to science and technology policy that are well worth a read. Each presidential candidate was given the opportunity to articulate his science and technology priorities and how he would use science to inform public policy decisions.

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