Tag Results for science policy (4)

  1. Nanotechnology and Public Engagement: Is there a benefit?

    Richard Jonesâ'' Soft Machines blog has a lengthy discussion--well worth reading in its entirety--on the impact of public engagement in scientific research, and in particular in the area of nanotechnology. Andrew Maynard has written a reaction piece on Jonesâ'' work that provides some US context to Jones who was focused primarily on the UK experience. I am afraid that I fall into the category that Jones describes as â''cynicalâ'' when it comes to the usefulness of public engagement, which seems often to be â''exercises that are intended, not to have a real influence on genuinely open decisions, but simply …

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  2. Bush to Science: "Let's Be Friends"

    In today's issue of Science Online, David Grimm reports that U.S. President George W. Bush has undergone a "dramatic shift in his attitude toward science." "Critics have accused my Administration of ignoring scientific advice and even of twisting science to suit its own political agenda," Bush said at a speech today at the National Center for Biochemical Medicine here. "Today, I say to those in the scientific community: 'Let's be friends.' " The news only got better from there. The president offered a $10 billion boost to the National Institutes of Health, earmarked funds for a "second war on cancer," …

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  3. Science Debate 2008 - it's not too late

    The Union of Concerned Scientists has organized a call for a U.S. â''science debate.â'' UCS is working with all three National Academies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and scores of universities nationwide to hold Science Debate 2008â''an initiative to hold a presidential science policy debate in April in Philadelphia before the Pennsylvania primary. There couldnâ''t be a better place. Philadelphia was the home of one of the first electrical engineersâ''Ben Franklin. It was the birthplace of many of the oldest computers ever built. And there couldnâ''t be a better time. Some of the biggest political questions facing the …

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