Table of Contents

Tapping Talent in a Global Economy

Spring 2009


Low carbon fuels; Unburdening science; Manufacturing revival; Flood protection; Changing the energy system; Regional climate change; Global science policy; Military restructuring

From the Hill

Economic stimulus bill provides major boost for R&D; Obama cabinet picks vow to strengthen role of science; Proposed regulatory changes under review; Democrats press action on climate change; Biological weapons threat examined; Multifaceted ocean research bill advances

Editor’s Journal: Irrational Exuberance

Kevin Finneran

Perspective: The Challenge for the Obama Administration Science Team

Michael M. Crow

Perspective: Global Warming: The Hard Road Ahead

Robert Hahn, Peter Passell

In the Zone: Comprehensive Ocean Protection

Carrie V. Kappel, Benjamin S. Halpern, Rebecca G. Martone, Fiorenza Micheli, Kimberly A. Selkoe

Comprehensive ecosystem-based zoning could address many of the critical problems with U.S. ocean policy by providing a mechanism for coordinated management of ocean uses that takes into account the cumulative effects of multiple human activities.

Tapping Talent in a Global Economy: A Reverse Brain Drain

Vivek Wadhwa

The United States, long the beneficiary of talented immigrants, needs to act quickly to keep these valuable workers from leaving to pursue expanding opportunities in their home countries.

Tapping Talent in a Global Economy: U.S. Workers in a Global Job Market

Ron Hira

Government needs to collect and analyze data on the offshoring of science and technology jobs so that it can take action to nurture and encourage highly skilled U.S. workers.

Tapping Talent in a Global Economy: Biomedical Enhancements: Entering a New Era

Maxwell J. Mehlman

Products and services to boost performance, appearance, or capability are here to stay, and better, more sophisticated ones are on the way. Banning them would be misguided, but regulation will be needed.

Tapping Talent in a Global Economy: Closing the Environmental Data Gap

Robin O'Malley, Anne S. Marsh, Christine Negra

Information limitations are severely constraining our ability to identify and understand emerging environmental problems, devise interventions to address them, and evaluate whether our responses work.

Tapping Talent in a Global Economy: In Defense of Biofuels, Done Right

Keith Kline, Virginia H. Dale, Russell Lee, Paul Leiby

Despite recent claims to the contrary, plant-based fuels developed in economically and environmentally sensible ways can contribute significantly to the nation's—indeed, the world's—energy security while providing a host of benefits for many people worldwide.

Book Review: Truth in testing

Paul W. Holland

Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us
, by 
Daniel Koretz.

Book Review: Nuclear fears

Michael A. Levi

Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?
, by 
Brian Michael Jenkins.

Book Review: Bent science

Kenneth E. Warner

Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research
, by 
Thomas O. McGarity and Wendy E. Wagner.

Book Review: The bioterror threat

Michael Moodie

Bracing for Armageddon? The Science and Politics of Bioterrorism in America
, by 
William R. Clark.