Author Archives: Neal Lane


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 […]

Perspective: Qualitative Metrics in Science Policy: What Can’t Be Counted, Counts

This article is in Applying New Research to Improve Science Education, Fall 2012

The past half-century has ushered in a veritable revolution in the science of metrics, as the surprisingly long life of Moore’s Law and related advances in information technology have led to a vast reservoir of quantitative information ripe for study with powerful analytical tools. For instance, captured in the research literature are methods to measure […]

The National Nanotechnology Initiative: Present at the Creation

This article is in Nanotechnology, Summer 2005

The U.S. government was a pioneer in supporting nanoscale research; now it must boost funding to maintain the nation’s leadership. The United States, which made a major early commitment to nanotechnology in 2000, has been the world’s research leader, but as the promise of nanotechnology has grown the government commitment has flattened. We are concerned […]


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

Not enough U.S. engineers? Vivek Wadhwa, Gary Gereffi, Ben Rissing, and Ryan Ong from Duke University have clearly put a lot of work into their study of engineering education in the United States, India, and China (“Where the Engineers Are,” Issues, Spring 2007). From the perspective of current and future U.S. competitiveness and national security, […]


This article is in Health Care That's Not for Dummies, Spring 2013

Reaching the middle class In “Pathways to the Middle Class: Balancing Personal and Public Responsibilities” (Issues, Winter 2013), Isabel Sawhill, Scott Winship, and Kerry Searle Grannis present achievable early milestones sufficient for people to reach the middle class by middle age. They provide an instructive framework for understanding the circumstances that lead children and young […]