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Preparing for the Next Flood

Spring 2018


Helping fathers be parents; Fostering economic growth; Coal facts; Reinvigorating nuclear energy; Climate and character

From the Hill

Trump budget proposal; other news.

Perspective: FDA Overreach on Genetically Engineered Animals

Henry I. Miller, John J. Cohrssen

Perspective: Philosopher’s Corner: What is “Fair”? Algorithms in Criminal Justice

Stephanie Wykstra

Economic Policy in the Time of Reactionary Populism

Michael Piore

Neither the Silicon Valley nor the Washington economic paradigms are capable of addressing the economic plight of displaced and struggling workers.

What We Mean When We Talk about Workforce Skills

John Alic

A more integrated and systemic approach is needed to ensure the nation’s resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program

Howard Kunreuther

Congress has the opportunity to make this program more transparent, more cost-effective, more equitable, and more appealing to property owners.

We Need New Rules for Self-Driving Cars

Jack Stilgoe

Autonomous vehicles will change the world in ways both anticipated and entirely unexpected. New rules should be flexible while ensuring that self-driving cars are safe, broadly accessible, and avoid the worst unintended consequences.

Reconceptualizing Infrastructure in the Anthropocene

Brad Allenby, Mikhail Chester

The growing impact of human activities on all the Earth’s systems requires a concomitant change in the way we design and manage the built environment.

Slouching Toward the Downton Abbey University System

Martin Kenney, Shiri M. Breznitz

Dwindling financial support and ever-increasing federal and state unfunded mandates are forcing public universities to take actions that undermine the effectiveness of a vital component of the US innovation system and the nation's most powerful engine of social mobility.

Helping Communities Use Data to Make Better Decisions

Sallie Keller, Sarah Nusser, Stephanie Shipp, Catherine E. Woteki

Communities, especially small and rural ones, need to take advantage of new techniques for collecting and analyzing data to better serve their residents. Here’s a plan to help them succeed.

Book Review: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Anne Fairbrother

Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks
, by 
Geoffrey C. Kabat.

Book Review: A Task for Democracy

Jane Maienschein

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution
, by 
Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg.