Tag Archives: policy

The 8th Annual Dupont Summit 2015 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

The Policy Studies Organization invites CSW members to attend our annual Dupont Summit in Washington DC. Presentations will span across sectors and partisanships on topics including education, health policy, climate change, water policy and management, urban farming, transportation, and the implications of science and technology policy. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day at no cost. The preliminary program and list of […]

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Americans with Disabilities: Growing the Workforce

With 200+ briefings to date, the ACS Science & the Congress Project conducts congressional briefings that provide opportunities for Members of Congress and their staffs, and the wider science policy community, to gain a greater knowledge of the science involved in numerous public policy issues. CSW members are welcome to the next briefing, to be held in Russell Senate Office […]

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Catalyzing Science with Open Data — E-Learning with Massive Open Online Acronyms

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are part of the open data and open source movement. Many view MOOCs as a disruptive innovation within education because these free, online learning modules challenge conventional norms and status-quo learning styles. The line between teacher and student becomes blurred, as many MOOCs rely on students to teach, grade, and co-create teaching materials. In […]

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Catalyzing Science with Open Data — Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

New Frontiers with Data Exploration Data are a valuable national asset, as highlighted in the first part of this Open Science series. Big, open, interoperable data and technology are transforming society, science, and medicine by unlocking new answers to complex questions previously unsolvable. Data also underlie science, guiding evidence-based endeavors and the core of the scientific method. Equally important are […]

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Catalyzing Science with Open Data — What is Open Data?

A new data age is sweeping the nation. In February 2015, the White House hired the first-ever U.S. Chief Data Scientist, D.J. Patil, announcing that “the data age has arrived.” This accelerates Federal agency efforts to unleash the power of government data by making it available to everyone, as a strategic national asset for entrepreneurship and economic development, belonging to […]

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Motivated Reasoning and Science in Politics

What we feel actually changes what we see. There’s a whole branch of psychology that investigates this phenomena, and it has serious implications on science, and how science is used in policy and politics. It’s called “motivated reasoning,” and you’re probably already familiar with one version of it. Back in the 1950s, a few psychologists decided to use football as […]

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The Triple Point: Vaccines, Personal Freedom, and Public Safety

Last month, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a health advisory while they investigated “a multi-state outbreak of measles associated with travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks.”  Over 150 people around the country have been infected from the recent outbreak of a disease that the CDC considered “eliminated” from the United States in 2000. That means that as of […]

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Ozone, Ozone Depletion, and the Montreal Protocol (Part 2)

This month’s conclusion to this two-part article looks at some of the legal and policy factors that made the Montreal Protocol possible and successful, and how those may inform efforts to produce a climate treaty. (If you haven’t read Part 1, you can here.) In 1974, an article in Nature suggested that widespread use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) may be depleting […]

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Ozone, Ozone Depletion, and the Montreal Protocol (Part 1)

Between the latest round of climate talks and the weather I’ve had a lot to think about. Over twenty years of international negotiations have yet to produce a binding climate treaty effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The November US-China announcement looks helpful since cooperation and participation by both nations is essential for any serious plan, but the latest round […]

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