science

  • Climate Change is a National Security Threat: Picks of the Week

    Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies | The New York Times Trump’s Climate Change Shift is Really about Killing the International Order | The Washington Post Solar Employs More People in U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal and Gas Combined | Forbes For more than a decade, I have studied climate change—not because I am a tree-hugger, polar-bear-loving, environmental activist, but because I am a national security analyst trained to identify … Read More

  • A Budget is a Moral Document: Picks of the Week

    Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen   American First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again | Executive Office of the President of the United States What Trump cut in his budget | The Washington Post The U.S. foreign aid budget, visualized | The Washington Post A budget is a moral document. It communicates in very real terms the values of the organization or individual who creates … Read More

  • January 28, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    Journalist, professor Dan Fagin discusses the power of science to explain the world around us.

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    Pick Your Poison: Ignoring Science at Our Own Peril

    Throughout human history, our progress has been intimately linked to advances in science. Even in the so-called “dark ages,” the light of learning was turned on the natural world.  From those efforts came Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, and Galileo.  New understandings of the universe based on observation with new instruments challenged world-views, and the Pope, in one of the great refutations of science in recorded history, forced Galileo to recant his … Read More

  • Panelists Discuss the Public’s Perception of Science

    The Pell Center’s presentation earlier this month, “Science Under Attack: Politics, Policy, and Science in America” discussed the public’s perception of science, and focused mainly on global warming.  The presentation featured Suzanne Shaw, director of communications at the Union of Concerned Scientists and Todd Anthony Bianco, principal policy associate at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. Shaw started off by discussing the public’s beliefs and mentioned that most Americans trust … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion | Science Under Attack: Politics, Policy, and Science in America

    On Wednesday, Mar. 4, the Pell Center will host a panel of speakers to address questions about the role of science in public decision-making in the United States. The panel discussion will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall in O’Hare Academic Center. Historically, the U.S. has been on the cutting edge of science – a practical society that leads the world in innovation and technology development. But while … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | U.S. and Ukraine; Scientists vs. the Public; Trans-Pacific Partnership

    American Arms and the War in Ukraine U.S. Considers Supplying Arms to Ukraine Forces, Officials Say | The New York Times The Escalation Advocates are Wrong on Ukraine | War on the Rocks Russian engagement in Eastern Ukraine is deepening, and fears are rising that when the conflict will grow in the coming months.  In the United States, an influential Washington think-tank issued a report, calling for the provision of … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Attitudes Towards Science, Ebola News Coverage, U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS

    Attitudes Towards Science What Scientists Really Do | New York Review of Books Media “Echo Chambers” and Climate Change | Yale University A current article in the New York Review of Books addresses Americans’ attitudes towards science. On one hand, we say we tend to trust and value scientific findings, and on the other hand, we’re willing to throw out scientific perspectives if they clash with other priorities such as … Read More