Making Space for Everyone
How can science embrace the unique expertise and lived experience of the nation’s diverse communities? When the public becomes more involved in science, what will they want? And how will that challenge scientists—and science itself—as it becomes a tool available to every American? In this issue we explore the potential of science that “makes space for everyone” by taking a close look at what scientists, communities, and policymakers alike are learning about how communities and scientists can work together to create new types of knowledge.
Engaging With CommunitiesRead More
The essays in the Fall 2021 edition build upon conversations with scientists, community leaders, and policymakers who have been talking about public involvement in science and innovation in new and interesting ways.
Retreating From Rising WatersRead More
Managing Retreat EquitablyRead More
Ethics in Animal ResearchRead More
Digital Learning and Employment RecordsRead More
Looking Beyond Economic GrowthRead More
A Veneer of ObjectivityRead More
Ethics and PolicymakingRead More
S&T Policy and Economic SecurityRead More
Solar Climate InterventionRead More
A New Model for Research TeamsRead More
Climate Scenarios and RealityRead More
Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea (We’re Going to Mars)Read More
Poet Nikki Giovanni conjures imagery that, on the surface, seems whimsical—space travel to Mars accompanied by the songs of Billie Holiday and slices of lemon pound cake. Yet her vivid language reminds us that we can learn from the past to imagine how we might construct our shared destiny on this planet, and on others.
Time to Modernize Privacy Risk AssessmentRead More
Organizations still rely heavily on assessments of privacy impacts with simplistic forms and functions that are poor matches for the layered complexity of today’s technologies.
Putting the Public in Public Utilities CommissionsRead More
Public participation in public utility commissions is a powerful way for individuals to influence the policymaking process. As energy infrastructure and consumption is reimagined, the public should be more effectively engaged at both state and federal levels.
What Fossil Preparators Can Teach Us About More Inclusive ScienceRead More
Understanding—and acknowledging—how fossil preparators turn nature into useful scientific specimens offers insights into how other research disciplines could engage meaningfully with the public, make the research community more inclusive, and expand the definition of what constitutes scientific inquiry.
“Science and Technology Now Sit in the Center of Every Policy and Social Issue”Read More
Alondra Nelson, the first deputy director for science and society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, talks about “a new social compact for science and technology policy” that would make innovation more inclusive and equitable, reckon with the nation’s past, and use social science to improve policymaking.
Hiring for the Future of the Science and Technology EnterpriseRead More
Scientific innovation cuts across every aspect of our lives. Underlying this reality is a pressing question: How does the government recruit and retain the people needed to drive that innovation on a national scale?
Reflections on a Tool of Observation
Making Space for EveryoneRead More
NASA came to see the public as instrumental in accomplishing its mission. What does this mean for other R&D agencies trying to create societal value, relevance, and connection?
An AI That’s Not Artificial at AllRead More
Messy and unpredictable situations have exposed the limits of current design practices. Could a new AI-powered methodology empower humans to innovate and solve problems?
Science Policy From the Ground UpRead More
It’s time to modernize the federal role in the nation’s increasingly decentralized R&D ecosystem and unleash innovation at the local level.
Run Uphill for a Tsunami, Downhill for a LandslideRead More
Following fatal landslides, the town of Sitka, Alaska, worked with scientists to create a new, individualized hazard warning system, revealing the complexities of coproducing knowledge.
A Climate Equity Agenda Informed by Community BrillianceRead More
With every heat wave and flood, the failure to translate climate science into insight and action puts the health and well-being of people in vulnerable communities at risk. Intentional partnerships between residents, scientists, government, industry, and philanthropy can fix this disconnect.
Ending the Reproducibility CrisisRead More
Medical research that can’t be replicated hinders discoveries. Could an artificial intelligence-powered tool change the incentives to benefit scientists, taxpayers, and patients?
Finding Safe Zones for ScienceRead More
Serious cooperation between US and Chinese scientists is getting more difficult as geopolitical tensions increase. But with a deliberate strategy the two countries can realize massive potential gains.
Accounting for Lives Lost
How Higher Education Became an Important US ExportRead More
Over the last three decades, foreign students have supported the bottom lines of US universities, technology companies, and communities. Now their numbers are falling.
The Humbling Complexity of the Hard ProblemRead More
Rather than attempt to explain the phenomenon of full-blown human consciousness, some scholars are attempting to describe not what consciousness “is” but how it came to be. Two new books continue in this promising vein.
Can It Scale?Read More
A new book wavers among sometimes-contradictory invocations of regenerative and organic agriculture’s transcendental possibilities, the potential of high-tech interventions such as vertical farming and alternative proteins, and more pragmatic priorities such as reducing food waste.
How We Practice HopeRead More
Hope is a primary function of imagination, one that we have to foster and practice; science fiction can be a model for this work of clearing cultural space for a positive future, and it is an essential simulation engine for playing out possibilities.