About Us

Issues in Science and Technology is a quarterly journal published by the National Academy of Sciences and Arizona State University. The journal is a forum for discussion of public policy related to science and technology. Our concerns encompass a broad range of themes and perspectives related to the ways that societies seek to advance knowledge and innovation to achieve social goals. Our audience is everyone involved or interested in this effort.

Unlike a popular magazine, in which journalists report on the work of experts, or a professional journal, in which experts communicate with colleagues, Issues is a place where researchers, government officials, business leaders, and others with a stake in public policy can share ideas with a broad audience. When it comes to the relationship between society and advances in science and technology, the perspectives of the boardroom, the statehouse, the federal agency, and the community are as important as that of the laboratory.

The world is continually transformed by new scientific knowledge and technological innovation whose use and advance, in turn, are shaped by society itself. The ultimate purpose of our journal is thus idealistic but vital: Issues aims to provide deeply informed, highly accessible, challenging yet constructive contributions to public discussions and democratic decisionmaking that can enhance the contribution of science and technology to the creation of a better world.


Lisa Margonelli, editor-in-chief
Jason Lloyd, managing editor
Monya Baker, senior editor
Megan Nicholson, senior editor
Kelsey Schoenberg, associate editor
Kimberly Quach, digital engagement editor
William Kearney, editor
Sara Frueh, editor
Molly Galvin, editor
Tom Burroughs, contributing editor
Brandon Garland, business operations specialist
Fabio Cutró, designer
J. D. Talasek, art consultant
David May, National Academy of Sciences liaison
Mi-Ai Parrish, Arizona State University liaison
Marcia McNutt, president, National Academy of Sciences
Michael M. Crow, president, Arizona State University

Issues in Science and Technology is published to inform public opinion and to raise the quality of private and public decision-making by providing a forum for discussion and debate. Accordingly, Issues in Science and Technology is open to all responsible points of view. The material published in the magazine and online reflects only the views of the authors, not the policies or perspectives of any institution.