Nearly three years into his administration, President Trump has reestablished the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy (PCAST), which advises the White House on policy issues related to science, technology and innovation. However, the first round of appointments raises serious questions about the council. Continue Reading
Despite internal changes in how scientists are nominated for the Nobel Prize, there is still a substantial gender bias in prize recipients. Concrete policy changes are needed to ensure more diversity is reflected in the world’s most visible and prestigious scientific honor. Continue Reading
While the U.S. still maintains the overall lead in Nobel prizes (with the exception of literature), the rate at which American scientists have been awarded the prize has declined since the late 1970s. Continue Reading
This presidential election cycle has seen a storm of controversies and campaign promises from both major party candidates. While science and technology (S&T) policy is unlikely to make headlines in the two weeks leading up to the election, it is… Continue Reading
Forty years ago today, on May 11,1976, President Gerald Ford signed the “National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976” into law. The act outlined a national policy for science and technology (S&T) and established the Office… Continue Reading
Today the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to American David J. Wineland and Serge Haroche of France, who pioneered two similar experimental techniques for observing and controlling systems of quantum particles. “The Nobel laureates have opened the door to a new era of experimentation with quantum physics by demonstrating the direct observation of individual quantum particles without destroying them,” said the academy in a press release. The physicists’ efforts, described as “bringing to life the wildest dreams of science fiction,” could make possible a computer more powerful than any seen before.
In times of economic distress, all discretionary spending is subject to scrutiny, especially funding for basic and applied science research. In the midst of an intensely restrictive fiscal environment within Congress, the Obama administration is working to change this pattern.… Continue Reading