Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good from the Center for American Progress

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“As we turn the page on eight years of cynical science policy in the White House, Science Next is exactly the book we need, with more provocative ideas per ounce than any volume you are likely to read this year.”--Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food

Science Next addresses important topics in science policy in prose that is beautifully written, clear, and to the point.”--Marion Nestle, author of Food ...

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Overview

“As we turn the page on eight years of cynical science policy in the White House, Science Next is exactly the book we need, with more provocative ideas per ounce than any volume you are likely to read this year.”--Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food

Science Next addresses important topics in science policy in prose that is beautifully written, clear, and to the point.”--Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics and What to Eat
 
Science Next illustrates the profound connections between science and many facets of our society.  I have enjoyed hop-scotching through the book and others who are concerned about the need for evidence-based policies in government and industry will too.”--Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning author of The Art and Politics of Science

“This elegant book lucidly covers an impressive amount of territory and sheds light on the current horizons of science.  It links science and innovation policy.  It bridges between the laboratory and the policy community. As such it will be invaluable to informed citizens, scientists and policy makers alike.”--John Kao, author of Innovation Nation

Emerging from the Bush era when right-wing ideology frequently trumped mainstream science in government, America needs bold new approaches to the most important issues of our time, such as global warming, stem cell research, national security, and improving communication in the digital age. This is the informed citizen’s essential guide to science policy from the premier progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. With foreword by Elizabeth Edwards.

Jonathan D. Moreno is editor-in-chief of the Center for American Progress’ online magazine, Science Progress, and a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rick Weiss came to CAP from The Washington Post, where he was a science and medical reporter for fifteen years.

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Bioethics professor Moreno (Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense) and science reporter Weiss, both of the Center for American Progress, have compiled a compact volume exploring the status and future of many hot topics in science and public policy today, which should leave readers appalled at the past eight years and hopeful for the next. Despite subsidized Big Oil, infrastructure collapse, food inspection system failures and ever worsening wildfires, this volume brings hope into focus with reports of innovation that will enhance lives, from caregivers to those running out of fresh water, from No Child Left Behind to university research. Concise, informative contributions include internet co-creator Vinton Cerf on why the U.S. should respond to climate change like it did to Sputnik, and CAP senior fellow Rick Weiss proclaiming bluntly that "federal tax dollars should not be supporting schools that persist in teaching myths in science classes." There's also numerous recommendations from CAP's 2008 National Innovation Agenda for enhancing the utility, visibility and "sexiness" of science in the U.S.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934137185
  • Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Editor of Science Progress, the science policy magazine of the Center for American Progress, Moreno is a Professor of Medical Ethics and of the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the author of 10 books including "Mind Wars" and "Undue Risk." Weiss came to CAP from The Washington Post, where he was a science and medical reporter for 15 years. He was the lead reporter at The Post on such controversial issues as cloning and stem cells, agricultural biotechnology, and nanotechnology. He has written articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Science, Discover, and other publications.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Edwards 11

Introduction Time for Science to Reclaim Its Progressive Roots Jonathan D. Moreno Rick Weiss 13

Exhortation America Can Do It: Reinventing the Soviet Satellite Stimulus Plan Vinton Cerf 19

Tending To Terra 23

Solar Rays to the Rescue 25

Owning Up to Our Oceans 29

Going with the Flow 35

Pruning Old Promethean Policies 40

Harnessing Health, Bolstering Biomedicine 45

Prescription for a Bodily Extended Warranty 47

Mom, Apple Pie, and Interoperable Electronic Medical Records 50

Your DNA's Spitting Image 54

Securing Society 59

Microbes and the Militants: Preparing for the Battle of Biotech 61

Bringing Broadband Up to Speed 69

Getting Government To Work Again 93

Outsourcing Governance 95

Fixing Our Fractured Food-Safety System 105

Stress Test: Turning to Technology for Those Bridges to "No Wear" 114

Good Enough for Government Work: A Model of Quality Management 122

Nurturing The New 127

It Takes a Village to Issue a Patent 129

Riding the Sci-Tech Express 135

Securing Our Scientific Future 140

Advancing The Innovation Economy 145

Rx: Innovation Infusion 147

Don't Cry for Me, Evita 150

Old States Can Learn New Traits 154

Diversity as a Driver of Innovation 157

Integrating Ethics 161

Neuroscience Takes Aim at Military Intelligence 163

Uncle Sam to Enemy: What's on Your Mind? 168

Biopolitics and the Quest for Perfection 172

Stem Cells and the Begetting of Moral Milestones 179

Updating The Way We Educate 187

Steming the Tide 189

Of Fun, Games, and Finals 194

Knuckle-Walking to the Final Exam 197

Empowering The Public 201

People Are from Earth, Scientists Are from000

Transcending the Public-Trust Monologue 000

You Bought It, You Should Own It 000

Making Science Sexy 000

Acknowledgments 221

Contributors 223

Author Key 227

Index 229

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