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Replied by Stephen Fiore on 04/27/2017 - 19:07
Have you reached out to any of the folks at NSF who lead their EPSCoR program?  There is likely some correlation between EPSCoR states, and rural and/or poor communities? So they're likely have some useful data on how EPSCoR funding influences regional education/economies.  -------- Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D. Professor, Cognitive Sciences, Department of Philosophy ( Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Institute for... [Read more]  
Replied by James Gover on 04/27/2017 - 13:43
I do not have any studies to cite, but agriculture research conducted at land-grant universities had immense impact on farming.  However, a technology transfer method was built-in because each county had what was called a county agent who served as a go-between for the farmers and researchers.  I can recall as a young boy, our county agent coming to our community to visit with farmers and advise them of new crops that research had shown to have promise as cash crops.  This county agent also helped farmers identify crop diseases and recommend chemical treatments.  The NIST program on... [Read more]  
Replied by Heisey, Paul - ERS on 04/28/2017 - 18:13
The attached paper just came to my attention.   Regards,   Paul   [Read more]  

Posted by Guillermo A. Lemarchand on 04/27/2017 - 12:29
I am sorry the original PDF with the executive summary was damaged. Here is a correct one. Thanks for let me know.  Guillermo---------- Forwarded message ----------UNESCO's Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) aims to fill the information gap by providing key information on STI governing bodies, legal frameworks, policy instruments and long-term series of indicators for evidence-based policy analysis, design and foresight studies. GO-SPIN is an online, open access platform for decision-makers, knowledge-... [Read more]  

Posted by Guillermo A. Lemarchand on 04/27/2017 - 11:48
UNESCO's Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO-SPIN) aims to fill the information gap by providing key information on STI governing bodies, legal frameworks, policy instruments and long-term series of indicators for evidence-based policy analysis, design and foresight studies. GO-SPIN is an online, open access platform for decision-makers, knowledge- brokers, specialists and general-public, with a complete set of various information on STI policies.see: https... [Read more]  

Posted by Loet Leydesdorff on 04/27/2017 - 16:19
The Measurement of Diversity in Networks The routine net2rao.exe—available at —reads a network in the Pajek format (.net) and generates the files rao1.dbf and rao2.dbf. Rao1.dbf contains diversity values for each of the rows (named here “cited”) and each of the columns (named “citing”). Rao2.dbf is needed for the computation of cell values (see here below).  The input file is... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/25/2017 - 18:09
Hi Everyone - Citizen Science has made another step forward through the use of MMOGs.  Zoran Popović's Center for Game Science has a new game out called Mozak.  It's conceptually similar to Fold It, but, instead of protein folding, it focuses on reconstructing neurons.  It's a nice illustration of teamwork in the 21st century in that it provides an interesting illustration of collaboration between humans and machines to do something neither could do separately.  Here's a telling quote:  “This is not a story about people beating computers because people are using subsets... [Read more]  

Posted by Dicapua, Marco on 04/25/2017 - 16:19
Colleagues:   Site below is a  Resource Rich R&D Strategy Site that compiles Air Force, Navy, Army NIC R&D strategies.   Downloading documents of interest in a timely manner may be a wise investment as the site is likely to change .   Does NSF has similar documents?   Marco Di Capua DOE NNSA Non Proliferation R&D           [Read more]  

Posted by Briggle, Adam on 04/25/2017 - 09:33
Here are some proposals: 1. Only allow the virtuous to become scientists 2. Cut the number of journals (and thus publications) at least in half 3. Teach children to control their desires a Adam BrigglePhilosophy Impact Socrates TenuredA Field... [Read more]  

Posted by Frodeman, Robert on 04/24/2017 - 16:18
A good piece on it here:   ___________ Robert Frodeman Dept of Philosophy and Religion University of North Texas Socrates Tenured: The Institutions of 21st Century Philosophy (with A. Briggle)   [Read more]  
Replied by David Wojick on 04/25/2017 - 05:12
The question is what policy proposals, if any, flow from these vague complaints about science being broken? An what science supports them? There are millions of researchers around the world, publishing maybe 2 million papers a year. David [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/25/2017 - 05:05
Very true – we like the science we like.   And we like liking science.   Especially the science we like.     Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.President, James S. McDonnell Foundation Visit JSMF forum on academic issues: SMF blog       [Read more]  
Replied by Caroline Wagner on 04/25/2017 - 09:22
Dear Science Policy friends, The Slate piece is so, so wrong about people and science… and why we march. Here is piece that Stephanie Bird and I wrote and published in Chemistry World.   Caroline Wagner     [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 04/21/2017 - 16:35
L. Rafael Rief, President of MIT, has written How to Maintain America's Edge: Increase Funding for Basic Science, that is published in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, p 95. jim [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 10:21
Just last week I was reading progress reports from some of our Complex Systems young faculty.   Most of the work is what I guess you would call “basic” – but the questions were important and interesting and the results: 1) told us something  true about natural phenomenon and observations 2) tended to be generalizable rather than highly constrained to artificial laboratory-based systems, and 3) because the resulting publications are written clearly in an engaging way the work is likely to be discoverable by others who have applied problems they wanted to solve.  The continual defense... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/24/2017 - 08:56
Hi Susan, With regard to the last part of the your email about rekindling the idea that science is a force for greater good, I sometimes wonder if we don’t have a chicken and egg problem here. Specifically, over the last half-generation (at least) there’s been a constant drumbeat of budget cuts surrounding science that have made the incentives for getting into science less and less attractive---too many science graduates for too few jobs that pay too little (except for computer science), more difficulty getting studies funded, lower rates of tenure, and so on. Even the increasing... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/24/2017 - 11:16
Seriously – take a look at all the numbers in funding statistics– the numerator ($) has mostly increased (even if it now leveling off) over the past 50 years and  there has been a large increase in the denominator ( # of scientists) – click on any lab website that has a picture of its members and I am not sure the visual evidence supports your assertions.   And much of what you describe as unfavorable trends probably results from maladaptative behavior by the scientific community itself.    It is important to keep in mind that many important decisions about science are made by... [Read more]  
Replied by Smith, Caleb on 04/24/2017 - 16:12
Somewhat counter to my expectations based on recent political rhetoric over the last decade and various PR moves like the Golden Fleece Award but it has been my personal experience—and I have no experimental data to support this—that when casually discussing science funding with non-scientists, the model that seems to resonate most is the HHMI Investigator Program for funding “people, not projects.” I’m not sure why this is—perhaps a desire to return to the seemingly good old days of “little science” with the lone genius toiling away in his lab? The idea that under the... [Read more]