The Human in the Node
Despite our best efforts, complex sociotechnical phenomena aren’t amenable to technocratic, top-down solutions. There are always the humans in the nodes of the network: people doing passionate, weird, creative, and impulsive things that defy prediction and control—but which also make possible our ongoing efforts to improve the world. In the Spring 2023 Issues, contributors look at human experience and agency to explore how to navigate polluted ecosystems, how tacit knowledge is key to a safe and productive bioeconomy, how disciplines are nurtured and defined by the competing interests of academic leaders, and much more.
Finding the Human in the NodeRead More
Complex sociotechnical phenomena aren’t amenable to technocratic, top-down solutions. There are always the humans in the nodes of the network.
Managing the Risks of International Collaboration
Boundary-Pushing Citizen EngagementRead More
Materially DifferentRead More
Caring for People With Brain InjuriesRead More
The Social Side of Evidence-Based PolicyRead More
Export Control as National Security PolicyRead More
Lessons From the Ukraine-Russia WarRead More
Support Caregiving ScientistsRead More
When Our Medical Students Learn Anatomy, They See a Person, Not a SpecimenRead More
The Silent Mentors Program has a profound effect on medical education: it enhances the humanity of clinicians and those they serve.
A Next-Generation Strategy for American ScienceRead More
The US House of Representatives Committee on Space, Science, and Technology looks beyond the challenges facing America today to pave the way for the nation’s long-term development. Chairman Frank Lucas outlines his priorities for strengthening US science.
Enhancing Trust in Science and Democracy in an Age of MisinformationRead More
Scientists and elected leaders must join forces to inform the public’s discretion through improved communication and education.
“If We Are Simply Creating Techies Who Can Only Work With the Technology, We’re in Big Trouble.”Read More
Freeman Hrabowski III talks about the importance of the humanities, culture change at universities, and scientists’ involvement in civic life.
My God, It’s Full of Stars (Part 5)Read More
In her poem “My God, It’s Full of Stars (Part 5),” Tracy K. Smith remembers her father, a scientist who worked on the Hubble Telescope.
Biosafety Needs to Redefine Itself as a ScienceRead More
An expansion of today’s static definition of biosafety to include research for mitigating risk will advance both science and public safety.
Racing to Be First to Be Second: A Coordinated Regulatory Framework for the BioeconomyRead More
A bioeconomy that delivers environmental, economic, and social benefits requires a twenty-first-century regulatory framework.
Rumors Have RulesRead More
Decades-old research about how and why people share rumors is even more relevant in a world with social media.
Viral SuppressionRead More
When Facebook’s fact-checkers slapped a “missing context” label on a venerable medical journal’s article about breached vaccine trial protocols, they set off a very twenty-first-century fight about who should play what role in scientific communication.
In Finland, We Make Each Schoolchild a ScientistRead More
Teaching research skills and encouraging inquiry from the earliest ages can build social resilience to misleading information.
Misunderstanding MisinformationRead More
An obsession with gauging accuracy of individual posts is misguided. To strengthen information ecosystems, focus on narratives and why people share what they do.
How to Keep Emerging Research Institutions From Slipping Through the CracksRead More
The CHIPS and Science Act advances equity by codifying an underserved group, but more must be done to correct the effects of skewed research funding.
Finding the “I” in InterdisciplinarityRead More
When I was assigned to a federally funded project to revolutionize engineering education at Virginia Tech, I thought being an effective scholar meant shunning my unconventional background. Instead, I had to embrace it.
The Making of a Biosafety OfficerRead More
Understanding how biosafety professionals generate knowledge on the job can help train skilled personnel and craft rules to keep communities safe.
The Precarious Balance Between Research Openness and SecurityRead More
Amid increasing competition and conflict with countries such as China, calls to restrict international scientific cooperation overlook benefits to the United States.
The Transformation of American Nursing
Generating Meaningful Energy Systems Models for Africa
How Science Gets Drawn Into Global Conspiracy NarrativesRead More
Understanding how scientific concepts become associated with conspiracy theories online can help determine which countermeasures might be effective.