Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum - Day 1

Two of your New Voices bloggers were at the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Forum last week to hear the latest policy news on issues in the scientific community. There was a ton of information shared over the two days, so we're breaking it down into three segments for you: day 1, day 2, and the William D. Carey lecture. (A full agenda is available for more details.)

The themes are captured here, and we'll be sharing quotes starting tomorrow morning on our Twitter feed - so follow us @NV4Research for even more coverage of the forum.

Budgetary and Policy Context for R&D in FY2011

  • The budget for research is increasing in fiscal year 2011
  • The Obama administration cares about science; demonstrated by 30 members of the National Academies of Sciences on his staff.
  • Investment at the federal level is more important than ever as state economies suffer from the recession and deal with budget cuts.
  • It's hard to change institutions, because due to unions, firing people is difficult.
  • Extending the Bush tax cuts would be terrible for the economy
  • There is a long, slow gray area between a good and a bad economy, and we are in that gray area right now.
Societal Impacts of Science and Technology
  • Greater health directly relates to greater wealth.
  • It is hard to analyze the impact of R&D, because there is often not a direct link between the two.
Beyond Cap and Trade: Other Climate Issues
  • Geo-engineering poses a number of both scientific and moral questions, not the least of which is, who's hand is on the thermostat if we do have the ability to change the climate?
  • Energy and climate change are inherently security issues, because they serve as threat multipliers for instability in the world.
  • Who are the experts and which experts do you trust on which issues?
  • There is a mismatch between agencies with social science expertise and those with environmental missions, which makes explaining the complexity of climate change an even more difficult task.
  • We need more strategies for adapting to climate change, including advanced disease surveillance that accounts for differences in regional climates.

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