Author Archives: J. Britt Holbrook

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This article is in Climate Engineering, Spring 2017


The infrastructure challenge In “Infrastructure and Democracy” (Issues, Winter 2017), Christopher Jones and David Reinecke remind us that infrastructures have historically been inaccessible to many people in the United States, particularly those living in poor and rural communities. By tracing the development of US railroad, electrical, and Internet networks, the authors show that many infrastructures […]

Perspective: Science’s Social Effects


This article is in Seeing Through Preconceptions: A Deeper Look at China and India, Spring 2007


We need to explore the possibility of a new ideal of impure science, in which scientists and engineers both educate and learn from others about the relation between science and society. In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) told scientists that if their grant proposals failed to address the connection between their research and its […]