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Revisiting the Connection Between Innovation, Education, and Regional Economic Growth

Forty years ago, Bruce Babbitt, then governor of Arizona, wrote in the first issue of Issues that state and local governments had “discovered scientific research and technological innovation as the prime force for economic growth and job creation.” The last four decades have tested the soundness of this claim, Worcester Polytechnic Institue president Grace J. Wang writes. Though advancements in research and technology have undoubtedly transformed regional and national economies, technological innovation alone has not been an economic silver bullet. Read More

Science Policy IRL

Alta Charo Considers Ethics for Stem Cells and CRISPR

Bioethicist Alta Charo talks about how science policy can and does impact people’s lives; she also describes what it’s like to be one of the only non-scientists at the science policy table, how helping a close friend who died of ALS continues to inspire her work, and why science policy can help us become techno-optimists.Read More

Data Sharing

How Health Data Integrity Can Earn Trust and Advance Health

Efforts to share health data across borders often snag on legal and regulatory barriers, stymieing research. What will help is to step back from focusing on the minutia and embrace a larger principle: health data integrity.Read More

Workforce Education

The Technologist

Creating a new occupational category for workers with a technician’s practical know-how as well as an engineer’s comprehension of processes and systems—or “technologists”—can create opportunities for workers and position the United States to lead in advanced manufacturing.Read More

Book Review

“America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity” edited by Robert B. Schwartz and Rachel Lipson.

In Plain Sight

Maryann Feldman reviews America’s Hidden Economic Engines: How Community Colleges Can Drive Shared Prosperity, finding that there is more work to be done to understand how to harness the power of community colleges, connect them with local companies, and provide reliable funding.Read More

In Focus

An AI Society

Artificial intelligence is reshaping society, but human forces shape AI. Getting governance wrong could mean narrowing cultural narratives, de-incentivizing creativity, and exploiting workers. In a new collection of 11 essays, social scientists and humanities experts explore how to harness the interaction between AI and society, revealing urgent avenues for research and policy.

Art by Amy Karle.Read More

The Winter Issue


To deepen one’s engagement is to be absorbed in nuance and complexity, but also to emerge with greater clarity and understanding. This is precisely what the essays in the Winter 2024 issue aim to do. 

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The Slippery Slope of Scientific Ethics

For students of science policy, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s work on the Manhattan Project is a quintessential case study in the ethics of science. What does the biopic about the scientist get right or wrong, which issues does it interrogate, and what does it elide?Read More

Film Review

No Ordinary Documentary

By the time they’re diagnosed, most ALS patients have only months or a few years to live. There are no cures and few effective treatments. But DC lawyer Brian Wallach, who knew nothing about ALS before his diagnosis, sought to make treatment a policy priority. A new documentary chronicles his remarkable success.Read More

Human Development

The Camouflaged Metaphysics of Embryos

Last summer, the Supreme Court overturned the right to an abortion in the United States. The ramifications of that decision continue to play out across interpretations of the whole human reproductive process, including in health care and technology. Jane Maienschein sees opportunities for thoughtful reflection and crafting of better informed, more nuanced policies.Read More

The ISSUES Interview

Tristan Harris

“The Complexity of Technology’s Consequences Is Going Up Exponentially, But Our Wisdom and Awareness Are Not.”

Tristan Harris, a technology ethicist and the cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, talked with Issues editor Sara Frueh about the challenge of online misinformation, ways to govern artificial intelligence, and a vision of technology that strengthens democracy.Read More


Creativity During COVID

cpnas creative responses archive

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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