Author Archives: Edward A. Parson


This article is in Infrastructure for a Stormy Future, Winter 2018

What drives innovation? In “What Does Innovation Today Tell Us about the US Economy Tomorrow?” (Issues, Fall 2017), Jeffrey Funk starts with an assertion that puzzles me, but after that he develops and provides evidence for a point of view that is quite consistent with my knowledge. He asserts early on that most scholars of […]


This article is in Climate and Energy, Summer 2017

Climate engineering The articles in the Spring 2017 Issues by David W. Keith, “Toward a Responsible Solar Geoengineering Research Program,” and Jane C. S. Long, “Coordinated Action against Climate Change: A New World Symphony,” provide informative views into several points of current debate on climate engineering research, its management, and governance. The authors agree on […]


This article is in The Online Challenge to Higher Education, Summer 2013

Smarter health care Robert Saunders and Mark D. Smith (“The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care,” Issues, Spring 2013) describe a path for building a smart health care system that provides care at a lower cost. Their vision is akin to the “learning health care system,” defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as a […]

The Technology Assessment Approach to Climate Change

This article is in Elizabeth F. Loftus on Memory Faults and Fixes, Summer 2002

We should apply the lessons of the Montreal Protocol: Enlist industry expertise and focus on manageable goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Policy debate on global climate change is deadlocked. Why? One major reason is that assessment of options for reducing greenhouse gases has been strikingly ineffective. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which […]


This article is in Social Science and Environmental Policy, Summer 2012

Collaboration does not come naturally to government, and to succeed it must be carefully structured to meet a specific challenge. Because it can be an effective avenue to meet legitimate government needs and create advantage for the nation, government/industry collaboration, consistent with the SEMATECH principles, deserves much wider consideration. W. C LARK MCFADDEN II Senior […]