First Looks: Winter 2015


Robert Cook-Deegan discusses his article in the Winter 2015 issue of Issues in Science and Technology discussing how after decades of strong budget growth, the National Institutes of Health now faces an increasingly constrained funding environment and questions about the value of its research.

Closing the Energy-Demonstration Gap

A regional approach to demonstrating the commercial potential of major new energy technologies would open up new opportunities for accelerating innovation.

Books

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, by William Deresiewicz, and College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, by Andrew Delbanco (reviewed by Deborah Poskanzer); The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China, by Kelly Sims Gallagher (reviewed by William Chandler); Sustainable Knowledge: A Theory of Interdisciplinarity, by Robert Frodeman (reviewed by Heather Douglas).

The Battle for the Soul of Conservation Science

Ecologists were once united in the belief that species preservation meant keeping nature separate from humans. Today that belief seems to be giving way to the idea that if biodiversity is to flourish, it must do so in a human-dominated world.

Has NIH Lost Its Halo?

After decades of strong budget growth, the National Institutes of Health now faces an increasingly constrained funding environment and questions about the value of its research.

Nuclear Power for the Developing World

Small modular reactors may be attractive in many developing nations. Here is a blueprint for how to build them efficiently and ensure maximum safety.

Give Genetic Engineering Some Breathing Room

Government regulations are suffocating applications that promise much public benefit. Fixes are available, if society and policymakers would only pay heed to science.

Forum

Immigration Reform
What Education Can’t Do
DOD’s Role in Energy Innovation
Inspired Design
Productive Retirement
Casting Light on Fracking
Grand Challenge for Engineers

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