In the Gray Areas
What does it mean to push the frontiers of biomedicine if those advances do not or cannot benefit the patients who most need them? What does it say about the world’s top research universities if the women studying and working at those institutions are not safe from sexual harassment? How useful is the work of scientists and scientific agencies if researchers are unable to communicate effectively with citizens and their elected representatives? Essays in the Winter 2023 edition of Issues grapple with the obligations of scientific knowledge—and, crucially, offer ways to address the tensions and problems that can arise from advances in science and technology.
The Obligations of KnowledgeRead More
New knowledge of all kinds gives society new moral responsibilities, but recognizing these obligations is at odds with the American public’s dialogue around science and technology.
Coordinating Against Disease
Can CHIPS and Science Achieve Its Potential?Read More
The Urgent Need for Carbon Dioxide RemovalRead More
Public Service DataRead More
Missouri Lawmakers and ScienceRead More
The Vital HumanitiesRead More
Technology-Based Economic DevelopmentRead More
Semiconductors and Environmental JusticeRead More
R&D for Local NeedsRead More
The Problem With SubsidiesRead More
Time to Reform Academic PublishingRead More
A New Role for Policy AnalystsRead More
Gene Therapy for AllRead More
Mischievous Maritime Art
Change and Continuity in US Export Control PolicyRead More
Examining history through the lens of US export controls reveals how economic and national security have become so entwined.
Fixing Academia’s Childcare ProblemRead More
To build a more inclusive academic STEM workforce, the federal government and universities should explore ways to provide accessible and affordable childcare to graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty.
What the Ukraine-Russia War Means for South Korea’s Defense R&DRead More
To prepare for future conflicts, South Korea needs to adopt a more inclusive defense R&D structure while shifting the system’s focus toward future science and technology needs.
“The More Inclusion We Have in Science, the Better Outcomes We’ll Get.”Read More
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson spent five decades in public service, during which she ushered through landmark science and technology legislation and helped to advance opportunities for all Americans.
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Navigating the Gray Zones of International ResearchRead More
Science funders can enable responsible international collaboration by developing global norms for ethical research that appropriately respond to today’s geopolitical tensions.
To End Sexual Harassment, Make It Everyone’s ProblemRead More
Sexual harassment in scientific and technical fields isolates survivors, and legal compliance practices alienate some even further. Collective bargaining could engage the whole academic community in creating a better workplace.
Stop Hugging Your Postdocs—and Learn to Start Conversations That Prevent HarassmentRead More
The long fight against sexual harassment is shifting from compliance to culture.
Computers on Wheels?Read More
In the early 2000s, a metaphor borrowed from consumer electronics helped electric vehicle enthusiasts, Silicon Valley engineers, and policymakers reinvent the automobile.
Ambiguities in Neurotech RegulationRead More
Breakthrough neurotechnologies have the potential to help patients suffering from a range of diseases—if regulators can ensure these devices serve those who need them most.
The Complicated Legacy of Terry Wallis and His Brain InjuryRead More
An Arkansas man’s unprecedented recovery of consciousness, and his recent death, demonstrate why progress in neuroscience must be matched by new standards of care for patients as well as attention to their civil rights.
Mental Models for Scientists Communicating With the PublicRead More
To make research more valuable and enhance trust in science, scientists and institutions must build greater capacity for risk communication.
How Would You Defend the Planet From Asteroids?Read More
When NASA collaborated with social scientists to engage the public in two-way conversations about the agency’s Asteroid Initiative, the outcome surprised everyone.
To Support Evidence-Based Policymaking, Bring Researchers and Policymakers TogetherRead More
If researchers want leaders to make evidence-based policies, they must develop ways to support the use of research in policymaking that are themselves based on evidence.
The Art and Ethics of Model SelectionRead More
The selection of animal models that can appropriately mimic relevant aspects of a human disease or drug reaction is a vital but underappreciated subject in biomedical research.
Moderation to the BarricadesRead More
Liberalism, the political theory that animates the liberal democratic republic, appears beset by problems both internal and external. In this atmosphere, a recent book aims to defend and rehabilitate liberalism against its critics and competitors.
A Kafkaesque Border SystemIt has become clear that the development, deployment, and use of technologies is rarely neutral. Many technologies may be used for both good and evil. And although technologies may provide significant social,… Read More