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Has NIH Lost Its Halo?

Winter 2015


Immigration reform; What education can't do; DOD's role in energy innovation; Inspired design; Productive retirement; Casting light on fracking; Grand challenge for engineers

From the Hill

Future uncertain for COMPETES legislation

Perspective: Daring to Lead: Bringing Full Diversity to Academic Science and Engineering

Monica Gaughan, Barry Bozeman

Perspective: University Proof of Concept Centers: Empowering Faculty to Capitalize on Their Research

Christopher S. Hayter, Albert N. Link

Has NIH Lost Its Halo?

Robert Cook-Deegan

After decades of strong budget growth, the National Institutes of Health now faces an increasingly constrained funding environment and questions about the value of its research.

Andrew Carnie

Closing the Energy-Demonstration Gap

Richard K. Lester, David M. Hart

A regional approach to demonstrating the commercial potential of major new energy technologies would open up new opportunities for accelerating innovation.

Nuclear Power for the Developing World

Ahmed Abdulla, M. Granger Morgan

Give Genetic Engineering Some Breathing Room

Henry I. Miller, Drew L. Kershen


Naturally Modified: Ajay Malghan

Alana Quinn

The Battle for the Soul of Conservation Science

Keith Kloor

Book Review: Oh, the Humanities!

Deborah Poskanzer

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
, by 
William Deresiewicz
, and
College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be
, by 
Andrew Delbanco

Book Review: Is China a Clean-Energy Model?

William Chandler

The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China
, by 
Kelly Sims Gallagher.

Book Review: An Academic House of Cards

Heather Douglas

Sustainable Knowledge: A Theory of Interdisciplinarity
, by 
Robert Frodeman.