Category: Discover’s Science Policy Project

DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: David Brin

By Melissa Lafsky | September 29, 2008 11:30 am

What are the three most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to state their views. All past responses can be found here.

DAVID BRIN
Science fiction author and futurist

Restore the independent scientific panels that used to advise Congress on scientific and technological matters.

Going much further, let each member of Congress select one scientifically or technologically qualified person, to serve both as an adviser and as his or her representative on a “shadow scientific Congress” to thrash out complex matters of fact—so that Congress itself can concentrate on policy solutions.

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Buzz Aldrin

By Melissa Lafsky | September 24, 2008 11:27 am

What are the three most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to state their views. All past responses can be found here.

BUZZ ALDRIN
Astronaut

Commit to an expansion of federal funding for all U.S. federal scientific research (at least a 50 percent increase).

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Jay Keasling

By Melissa Lafsky | September 22, 2008 11:38 am

What are the three most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to state their views. All past responses can be found here.

JAY KEASLING
Genetic engineering pioneer

Significantly increase funding for energy. As a nation, we spend far too little on energy research. If we spent on energy research at a level comparable to what we spend on health care research (relative to the size of the industries), we would be spending much more than we currently spend.

Invest heavily in basic research. Basic research fuels discoveries, which eventually fuel the economy.

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Craig Barrett

By Melissa Lafsky | September 20, 2008 3:37 pm

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

CRAIG BARRETT
Chairman of the Board of Intel Corp.
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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: C. Everett Koop

By Melissa Lafsky | September 18, 2008 10:28 am

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Today’s entry is by C. Everett Koop, the former U.S. Surgeon General and founder of the C. Everett Koop Institute. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

C. EVERETT KOOP
Former U.S. Surgeon General

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Steven Weinberg

By Melissa Lafsky | September 17, 2008 10:15 am

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Today’s entry is by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

STEVEN WEINBERG
Nobel laureate in physics
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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Jack Horner

By Melissa Lafsky | September 15, 2008 1:28 pm

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Today’s entry is by legendary paleontologist Jack Horner. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

JACK HORNER
Paleontologist

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Phil Plait

By Melissa Lafsky | September 12, 2008 10:58 am

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Today’s entry is by celebrated astronomer—and fellow DISCOVER blogger—Phil Plait. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

PHIL PLAIT
Astronomer, author, popular blogger

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Chris Mooney

By Melissa Lafsky | September 11, 2008 11:16 am

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Today’s entry is by renowned science writer Chris Mooney. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

CHRIS MOONEY
Science blogger and author of The Republican War on Science

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DISCOVER's Science Policy Project: Craig Venter

By Melissa Lafsky | September 10, 2008 12:24 pm

What are the most important things the next U.S. president needs to do for science? To cut through the jargon and find an answer, we bring you the DISCOVER Science Policy Project, in which we give a group of the country’s most celebrated scientists and thinkers the chance to respond to the following question:

What are the three most important things the next president can do to positively impact scientific research in the United States?

In the November issue of DISCOVER, we compile and analyze the results. In the meantime, we will be posting each response in its entirety here on Reality Base. Today’s entry is by world-renowned geneticist Craig Venter. Feel free to offer your own ideas and analysis in the comments section. All past responses can be found here.

CRAIG VENTER
Geneticist

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