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Health Care That’s Not for Dummies

Spring 2013


Reaching the middle class; A new research model; Better energy innovation; Energy conversion; Keeping kids in school

From the Hill

Sequestration follies

Perspective: Science, Gender, and the Balanced Life

Emilie Marcus

The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care

Robert Saunders, Mark D. Smith

The United States has a timely opportunity — and pressing need — to build a smart health care system that provides best care at lower cost. Here's how.

Needed: Research Guidelines for Solar Radiation Management

M. Granger Morgan, Paul Gottlieb, Robert R. Nordhaus

As this approach to geoengineering gains attention, a coordinated plan for research will make it possible to understand how it might work and what dangers it could present.

Vested Interests and Geoengineering Research

Jane C. S. Long, Dane Scott

Much remains uncertain about geoengineering, which may offer important benefits—or risks. In moving ahead, there is a set of guidelines that should prove valuable.

Applying the Social and Behavioral Sciences to Policy and Practice

Kenneth Prewitt, Robert Hauser

In areas ranging from health care to national security, understanding the human dimension is essential to achieving national goals.

Buying Whales to Save Them

Ben A. Minteer, Leah R. Gerber

Current policy approaches to manage whaling and protect whales are failing. It's time to try a new approach that combines economic pragmatism and ethical principles.

Schools Alone Cannot Close Achievement Gap

Alexandra S. Beatty

A multifaceted strategy can complement school reform by addressing the many out-of-school factors that affect academic performance.

Education, Equity, and the Big Picture

Natalie Nielsen

The nation needs to take a more comprehensive approach to improving educational outcomes for low-income and minority students and English learners.

Making Fuel Cells Work

Noriko Behling

Fuel cells offer considerable benefits, but developing them for commercial application has failed. To speed progress, a national program is needed to answer basic research questions.

Real Numbers: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health

Tom Plewes