evidence-based policy


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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Refugees are LESS Likely to Be Terrorists, and Xenophobia Hurts Democracy

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The decision on whether and on what conditions to accept refugees is a policy one. But that decision should take into account evidence, and not be based on bombast or uninformed fear. The exclusion of an entire group of people based on religion or ethnicity or national origin cannot be justified by the evidence, is morally disgraceful and un-American, and ultimately plays into the hands of ISIS. Read more >

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Technology Makes Lighter Work of a Tough Job—SMART Ranger Patrolling

Antony J. Lynam, Ph.D.
, , UCS

As the temperature soars over 100 degrees, our ranger patrol in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Protected Forest is in full swing. A whining sound alerts us to a chainsaw operating in the distance. The team goes into action. AK-47s cocked and ready, the three rangers move forward circling a spot on a dry riverbank where timber is being illegally sawn. Read more >

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