The Story Is Yours, Too

How should someone from outside Native cultures and traditions engage with and understand works by Native artists? This goes far beyond the usual tension between an artist’s intent and viewer’s interpretation. It touches on centuries of genocide and marginalization, of people degraded even as their material culture was stolen—sometimes literally, with heirlooms displayed as museum artifacts, and sometimes indirectly, as with tribal patterns turned into an aesthetic slapped on T-shirts and upholstery.Read More

Deliberation and Democracy

Collaboration on the Mudflats

Community-university partnerships are often focused on finding “common ground” to overcome differences and work together to solve complex problems. But a team of researchers at the University of Maine have found that this isn’t really how the process works. Read More

Valley Fever

Illustration by Shonagh Rae.

Finding My Future Beyond the Bench

For the last five years, I’ve done research on Valley fever as part of a multidisciplinary lab at the University of California, Merced. This experience has convinced me that for my work at the bench to pay the greatest dividends for society, my future must also include working in direct conversation with community members, clinicians, industry, and policymakers.Read More

Transportation Emissions

Pathways to More Rapidly Reduce Transportation’s Climate Change Impact

A strategy focused on battery electric vehicles alone does not recognize some of these vehicles’ limitations nor the advantages of other climate-friendly technologies. There are alternative policy options that could reduce carbon dioxide emissions much more quickly.Read More

Humanizing Science

Humanizing Science and Engineering for the Twenty-First Century

Solving complex problems is never a purely technical or scientific matter. Interdisciplinary awareness is essential to ensure that taxpayer-funded policy and research are efficient and equitable and are accountable to citizens at large—including members of traditionally marginalized communities.Read More

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the next 75 years of science policy

The Fall Issue

Cover of Fall 2022 ISSUES

The Fall 2022 Issues features perspectives on the CHIPS and Science Act, a federal push for open science, a vision of democratizing government data, and much more. 

How the CHIPS and Science Act Can Deliver on Its Promises

A special collection of essays explores how the CHIPS and Science Act can deliver on its promises for competition with China, manufacturing and workforce preparedness, place-based development, and sustainability—and whether it marks “an inflection point” for America’s technological leadership.Read More

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Health Security

The United States Needs a Director of National Health Security

Fixing the health security enterprise demands foundational change. To successfully coordinate health security resources and response requires a consolidated leadership structure that can integrate the mission across departments and agencies.Read More

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Creating a Science-Engaged Public

Strengthening the public’s engagement with science is critical because nearly every challenge society faces—from climate change to pandemic preparedness and inclusive economic growth—requires significant taxpayer investment in scientific research and technological development.Read More


Making Scientific and Technical Careers More Accessible

People with disabilities are nearly invisible in science and technology disciplines. To fix this and make science and technology more inclusive, it will be necessary to create deliberate pathways that can lead all students to success.Read More

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Limiting Factor of “The Endless Frontier” Is Still a Human One

In science policy circles, the human resources challenge of research rarely receives the attention it urgently needs and deserves for the United States to remain a leader in advancing the next generation of science.Read More


Creativity During COVID

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A Time Capsule of Creative Responses to the Pandemic

Creativity often flourishes in stressful times. A remarkable collection of creative responses from individuals, communities, organizations, and industries is now available to explore in a new archive.Read More

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