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A New Global Environment for Space Policy

Summer 2016


Challenges raised by gene editing; Regulating genetic research and applications; Assessing the platform economy; Data-driven science policy.

From the Hill

Congress advances spending bills for NSF, NASA, Energy, and USDA; Senate hearing on leveraging US investments in science and technology; Bill to improve understanding of space weather introduced; Senate committee passes SBIR/STTR reauthorization; Senate passes bipartisan energy policy modernization act; Senator Flake releases science-focused “Wastebook”; Hill addendum.

Perspective: The Potential of More Efficient Buildings

Henry Kelly

Perspective: Science, Celebrities, and Public Engagement

Declan Fahy, Timothy Caulfield

Donald Trump’s Voters and the Decline of American Manufacturing

William B. Bonvillian

The United States ignores the manufacturing sector at the expense of its innovation system and working class communities. The political ramifications could be enormous.

Science and Democracy

Colin MacIlwain

With signs of voter alienation creating political stress in countries around the globe, the research community must accept its responsibility for civic engagement.

Civil Society’s Role in a Public Health Crisis

Jay Walker

Non-government scientists, physicians, and communications professionals can play a key role in preparing for and responding to the next pandemic.

Putting a Price on Ecosystem Services

R. David Simpson

A flawed effort to quantify an economic rationale for conservation could backfire and undermine other compelling arguments for protecting nature.

Reshaping Space Policies to Meet Global Trends

Bhavya Lal

With more countries and private companies expanding their activities in space, the US government must reshape its space agencies and policies. Cooperation and catalysis will be key.

Seventeen Months on the Chemical Safety Board

Beth Rosenberg

A presidential appointment and a passion for protecting worker health and safety were not enough to overcome entrenched agency politics.

You’re a Mile Away and You Have Their Shoes

Kristen Koopman

One of the winners of our science fiction contest.

Book Review: The Human Factor

Mark Schaefer

Science Policy Up Close
, by 
John H. Marburger III.

Book Review: Gamers Abroad

Harry Brammer

Video Games Around the World
, by 
Mark J. P. Wolf.

Book Review: Nobody Knows Anything

Jack Stilgoe

The Cunning of Uncertainty
, by 
Helga Nowotny.

Book Review: Surviving the Techstorm

Eleonore Pauwels

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control
, by 
Wendell Wallach.