First Looks: Spring 2017

David Keith, Harvard University, discusses his article on geoengineering from the Spring 2017 issue.

Book Review: Confronting the Crisis in Higher Ed

MOOCs: High Technology and Higher Learning, by Robert A. Rhoads; Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable, by Richard A. DeMillo; The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University, by Elizabeth Losh; Reengineering the University: How to Be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious, by William F. Massy; Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in Higher Education, by William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson (reviewed by Carol Christ)


The infrastructure challenge; Advancing clean energy; Electric vehicle prospects; Putting technology to work; Watch what you write; The philosopher’s view; Technocracy Chinese style.

Are Moonshots Giant Leaps of Faith?

Many unanswered questions remain about the value of rapid increases in federal support for specific areas of R&D, but some useful lessons are emerging.

Toward a More Diverse Research Community: Models of Success

A forward-looking group of colleges and universities are demonstrating effective ways to educate underrepresented minorities for careers in science and engineering.

Perspective: It’s Not a War on Science

Give Bats a Break

Searches for new viruses in bats are unlikely to contribute substantially to human health, but they may threaten the future of bats.

Toward a Responsible Solar Geoengineering Research Program

The seriousness of the risks posed by climate change demands that we examine all possible means of response, but how we do so makes all the difference.

Perspective: Algorithm of the Enlightenment

Table of Contents for the Spring 2017 issue

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