Posted on December 10, 2011 by Thomas Lawrence Long
Call for Papers: Science-Policy Interactions and Social Values | Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology conference on Science-Policy Interactions and Social Values at the University of Texas at Dallas, April 13-14th, 2012
The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology seeks proposals for papers and symposia for a conference to wrap up our 2011-2012 public lecture series on Funded and Forbidden Knowledge: Science, Politics, and Cultural Values. The conference will be interdisciplinary, engaging the areas of science and technology studies, history and philosophy of science, science and technology policy studies, ethics and political philosophy, and science policy in exploring the interactions between science and policy-making, with special attention to the role of values in those interactions. In these areas of scholarship, several categories of discussion concerning science and policy have emerged. Some focus on the role of science in the policy process, while others look at the inverse relationship of how politics influence scientific research. Some approach the topic in a very empirically grounded and particularistic fashion, while others take a normative approach and aim for general accounts. While there have been important interdisciplinary conferences in this area, the scholarship remains somewhat disjointed and piecemeal, whereas tackling the major issues in this area requires thinking across such boundaries. This conference will emphasize that the relationship between science and politics is mutually influential rather than unidirectional; it will emphasize the importance of normative or critical approaches that are also empirically grounded in the practice of science and realities of political institutions. We seek submissions that bring to the forefront issues of values in science-policy interactions. Suggested topics (not an exhaustive list):
- Democratization of science
- Evidence-based policy
- Policy and the value-free ideal of science
- Forms of scientific and political representation
- Theories of scientific expertise
- Models of science advising
- History of science policy
- Lessons from environmental policy-making
- Scientific expertise and political advocacy
- Commercialization of science and the public good
- The aims of science and choice of research priorities
- Science and justice in political institutions
- Science, non-scientific views, and public reason
- Expertise and elitism in democratic deliberation
- Science and democracy in comparative and international contexts
- The influence of science on ethical values, and political ideals
- The politics of science and technology education
- Obstacles to socially or politically responsible science We’re especially interested in proposals that cross the boundaries between already-established research programs.
Submissions: We welcome submissions of both individual paper proposals and proposals for symposia and other multi-participant panel formats. For contributed papers, please submit a 250-500 word abstract. For symposia and other multi-participant panels, submit an abstract up to 250 words describing the panel and descriptions of up to 100 words describing each participant’s contribution.
Submissions are due January 5, and decisions will be announced by early February.
Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on January 20, 2010 by Thomas Lawrence Long
Reported today in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Six months into his job as NIH director, Francis S. Collins is close to announcing new ethics rules for universities and their scientists, to ensure that medical research isn’t corrupted by corporate financing.
That may not be the only shake-up. In an interview last week with The Chronicle, Dr. Collins also said he wanted universities to steer more money to younger researchers, to avoid letting their researchers rely solely on federal grants, and to share their scientific findings more widely.
In addition, the NIH, the nation’s largest provider of money for academic research, is warning universities that federal support will almost certainly decline after last year’s infusion of money from the stimulus measure.
The article, “NIH Will Give Less and Demand More in 2010, New Leader Says,” by Paul Basken, is available on line to subscribers.
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Posted on December 11, 2009 by Thomas Lawrence Long
From the American Academy of Science: We have been asked to relay to the broad scientific community the following opportunity to advise US government policymaking deliberations. You can read the latest updates at:
www.whitehouse.gov/open or http://www.members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=3273.376355.654.0q2V39Nek
The Obama Administration is seeking public input on policies concerning access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and the White House Open Government Initiative are launching a “Public Access Policy Forum” to invite public participation in thinking through what the Federal government’s policy should be with regard to public access to published federally-funded research results.
To that end, OSTP will conduct an interactive, online discussion beginning Thursday, December 10. The discussion will focus on three major areas of interest:
- Implementation (Dec. 10 to 20): Which Federal agencies are good candidates to adopt Public Access policies? What variables (field of science, proportion of research funded by public or private entities, etc.) should affect how public access is implemented at various agencies, including the maximum length of time between publication and public release? Add your comments >> http://www.members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=3273.376354.654.0q2V39Nek You will want to read the “Terms of Participation http://www.members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=3273.376353.654.0q2V39Nek and will need to register a new account http://www.members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=3273.376352.654.0q2V39Nek and log in http://www.members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=3273.376351.654.0q2V39Nek using the link at the bottom of the page to comment. Tips on how to comment and moderate posts are listed in the right-hand column.
- Features and Technology (Dec. 21 to Dec 31): In what format should the data be submitted in order to make it easy to search and retrieve information, and to make it easy for others to link to it? Are there existing digital standards for archiving and interoperability to maximize public benefit? How are these anticipated to change?
- Management (Jan. 1 to Jan. 7): What are the best mechanisms to ensure compliance? What would be the best metrics of success? What are the best examples of usability in the private sector (both domestic and international)? Should those who access papers be given the opportunity to comment or provide feedback?
Each of these topics will form the basis of a blog posting that will appear at www.whitehouse.gov/open and will be open for comment on the OSTP blog http://www.members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=3273.376350.654.0q2V39Nek at blog.ostp.gov.
Sincerely, Alan I. Leshner, CEO, AAAS and Executive Publisher, Science
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Posted on September 30, 2009 by Thomas Lawrence Long
According to a news item today on the CNN Web site:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama, in an effort to stimulate the economy and support critical research, will announce $5 billion in grants when he visits the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday, according to an administration official.
President Obama and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce research grants Wednesday.
The money, which comes from Recovery Act funds, is aimed at supporting “12,000 critical research projects — and tens of thousands of jobs associated with them, ranging from teachers and lab technicians to database managers and scientists,” the official wrote in an e-mail.
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