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Issues Spring 2015

A New Model for the American Research University

Spring 2015


Forum


Demonstrable energy; Case for small nukes; Controversial conservation ; NIHs predicament; Free genetics innovation; Diversifying STEM; Retirement conundrum; Humanistic engineering


Editor’s Journal: Science Fiction? Yes!


Kevin Finneran


From the Hill


2016 budget proposal; Budget winners and losers; Hill addendum


Perspective: Informing Public Policy with Social and Behavioral Science


Brian Baird


Perspective: Have Universities Overbuilt Biomedical Research Facilities?


Arthur Bienenstock, Ann M. Arvin, David Korn


Perspective: Climate Redux: Welcome to the Anthropocene


Braden Allenby


Clean Energy Diplomacy from Bush to Obama


Graham Pugh

The Bush administration didnt get everything wrong about climate change, and the Obama administration isnt getting everything right. A truly effective climate policy would include the best elements of each approach.


A New Model for the American Research University


Michael M. Crow, William B. Dabars

The supposed conflict between research intensity and increased student access serves the branding needs of our elite universities, but not the social and economic needs of the nation. A new institutional design is emerging that meets the dual obligations of equity and excellence without compromising on either.


Physics Envy: Get Over It


Richard R. Nelson

Physics studies different things, and in different ways, than other sciences. Understanding those differences is important if we are to have effective science policies.


Climate Models as Economic Guides: Scientific Challenge or Quixotic Quest?


Andrea Saltelli, Philip B. Stark, William Becker, Pawel Stano

The uncertainties associated with mathematical models that assess the costs and benefits of climate change policy options are unknowable. Such models can be valuable guides to scientific inquiry, but they should not be used to guide climate policy decisions.


Pythia of Science


Josh Trapani


Book Review: Where does it hurt?


Joanna Bourke

Pain: A Political History
, by 
Keith Wailoo.


Book Review: Machine smart


Dan Gordon

Superintelligence: Paths, Danger, Strategies
, by 
Nick Bostrom.