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Science & Technology Policy

Commentary by Developing Civic Scientist Leaders

Commentary by Developing Civic Scientist Leaders.

Ongoing pressure to curb federal government spending for scientific research, and increasing criticism of scientifically sound research, have created a pressing need to train the next generation of civic scientists — scientists and engineers who step beyond their campuses, laboratories and institutes and into the center of their communities to engage in active dialogue with their fellow citizens.

The Developing Civic Scientist Leaders (DCSL) Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy engaged science and engineering graduate students through a Spring 2020 seminar course, where they learned about federal policymaking and the relationship between science and policy, and developed blogs on a specific science policy topic.





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Texas Should Adopt Stricter Standards on Persistent Chemical Pollutants
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Biomanufacturing at Epi(demi)c Proportions
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