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Fall 2015


Reevaluating educational credentials; Revisiting genetic engineering; Keeping fusion flexible; Climate clubs and free-riding; Technology governance alternatives; Whither universities?

Objects of Wonder

Alana Quinn

From the Hill

White House budget guidance; Bipartisan energy bill passes Senate committee; House passes GMO labeling bill; Supreme Court nixes EPA action; Senators create competitiveness caucus; NASA plans human travel to Mars; Census Bureau launches annual entrepreneur survey; Forensics labs discuss reforms; Modernizing biotech regulatory system; Updated national HIV/AIDS strategy.

Perspective: Technologies for Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene

John O'Brien

Perspective: Advice to My Smart Phone

Jelte Timmer

CRISPR Democracy: Gene Editing and the Need for Inclusive Deliberation

Sheila Jasanoff, J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Krishanu Saha

The 1975 Asilomar conference on the risks of recombinant DNA is a poor model for governing newly emerging gene-editing technologies.

Editor’s Journal: Jailhouse Rot

Kevin Finneran

Reducing Incarceration Rates: When Science Meets Political Realities

Tony Fabelo, Michael Thompson

Work in the states documents the difficulty of this challenge, but also reveals some lessons that may help policymakers and other stakeholders reach this aim.

The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color

Robert D. Crutchfield, Gregory A. Weeks

In poor and disadvantaged communities, there may well be a tipping point at which rigorous crime policies and practices can do more harm than good.

Unwinding Mass Incarceration

Stefan F. Lobuglio, Anne Morrison Piehl

More must be done to help the large number of people already in the criminal justice system successfully reenter society—or risk undermining support for reform.

Correctional Health Is Community Health

Alexandria Macmadu, Josiah D. Rich

Drawing from these recommendations to improve health care in prisons and jails can yield far-reaching benefits for inmates, their home communities, and the nation.

Communicating the Value and Values of Science

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Science communication, done in accord with basic principles of science, can help in advancing knowledge and improving lives. Here are some suggestions from the frontlines.

Bipartisan Science

Andy Burness

It’s not enough for scientists to clearly communicate their findings to policy makers; they need to be politically smart, too. This means highlighting evidence and options that can appeal to opposing ideologies.

Mapo Tofu with Spicy Cucumber Side

Chris Merchant

Science fiction from the very near future.

Economics Humanized

Dan Pearson

The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique
, by 
Fred Block and Margaret R. Somers.

A New Social Science

Lee Rainie

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science
, by 
Alex Pentland.