Author Archives: Daniel Sarewitz

“This Essentially Meaningless Conflict”


This article is in Science and Religion: Exploring the Harmonies, Fall 2017


An interview with Marilynne Robinson by Creative Nonfiction editor Lee Gutkind and Issues in Science and Technology editor Daniel Sarewitz. Marilynne Robinson’s accomplishments are impressive by any standard: she has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the National Humanities Medal, among other honors. But perhaps a […]

Book Review: Scientizing politics


This article is in New Horizons for a Flat World, Winter 2006


Scientizing politics The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney. New York: Basic Books, 2005, 351 pp. Daniel Sarewitz The Republican War on Science offers a catalog of Republican-led confrontations with mainstream science, ranging from attacks on evolution and denial of climate change to the stacking of government advisory committees with industry scientists and the […]

Does Science Policy Matter?


This article is in Policymaking in the Information Age, Summer 2007


It would if we had a real science policy, but what we have now is science politics. It is not only axiomatic but also true that federal science policy is largely played out as federal science budget policy. Science advocacy organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academies, […]

Wanted: Scientific Leadership on Climate


This article is in Standardized Testing Takes Center Stage, Winter 2002-2003


Effective action on climate change depends on the willingness of the climate science community to support new research priorities. What happens when the scientific community’s responsibility to society conflicts with its professional self interest? In the case of research related to climate change the answer is clear: Self interest trumps responsibility. In 1989, Senator Al […]

A Science and Technology Policy Focus for the Bush Administration


This article is in The Action Begins for the New Administration, Spring 2001


Integrate social goals into the research mission and give the public a stronger voice in setting directions. With the administration of George W. Bush commencing under especially difficult political circumstances, careful consideration of science and technology (S&T) policy could well be relegated to the “later” category for months or even years to come. Science advocates […]

Social Change and Science Policy


This article is in The U.S. Fusion Program at the Crossroads, Summer 1997


Closer links among science, social goals, and democratic processes are essential to the future health of science and society. One can almost hear the collective sigh of relief coming from the federally funded science community. Only a year ago, analysts were forecasting 20 to 30 percent cuts in funding for nondefense R&D as part of […]

The Rightful Place of Science


This article is in What Science Can Do, Summer 2009


The Democratic Party’s enthusiastic embrace of science is delivering immediate financial rewards for research, but it raises long-term questions about the politicization of science. I stood with the throngs on the Washington Mall on January 20, 2009, watching a young new president (well, truth be told, watching him on a Jumbotron) announce to a discouraged […]