Confronting Scientific Controversies: Do Facts Matter?
Keith Kloor and Dan Hicks launch the Winter 2017 "Issues in Science and Technology" in this CSPO Conversations event
Topics like genetically modified organisms, climate change, and vaccines have become so controversial that reporting on them can endanger a journalist’s career. What are the consequences of such a toxic situation? What deeper disagreements are at play in these scientific controversies?
Winter 2017 Issues in Science and Technology
The newest "Issues" explores clean energy transitions, the perils of science journalism, infrastructure and democracy, and more.
The Winter 2017 “Issues in Science and Technology” examines the global energy system’s transition from fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives, finding signs of progress (and some discouraging failures) everywhere from India to Germany to the United States.
Science & Religion Writing Competition
$17,500 in Prize Money. Submissions Due December 12, 2016
Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology are seeking original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another.
Fall 2016 Issues in Science and Technology
The newest "Issues" looks at the criminalization of immigration, middle-skill jobs, chemical safety, and more.
The Fall 2016 “Issues in Science and Technology” explores how undocumented immigration and mass incarceration have become legal forms of oppression—and how the solution might be addressed by acknowledging a right to social inclusion.
The Future of Conflict
Our newest publication explores the emerging technologies that are destabilizing modern conflict.
We live in a world where the opportunities for conflict are rapidly multiplying, and where the accelerating evolution and democratization of military and security technologies make such conflicts far riskier. This rapidly evolving environment is destabilizing geopolitical and technological systems in ways that make much existing conflict strategy questionable, if not obsolete.
Can Science Be Saved?
In a landmark new essay, Daniel Sarewitz explodes our myths about science and how it's supposed to work.
“From metastatic cancer to climate change to growth economics to dietary standards, science that is supposed to yield clarity and solutions is in many instances leading instead to contradiction, controversy, and confusion.”
Summer 2016 Issues in Science and Technology
The latest "Issues in Science and Technology" examines new frontiers of space policy, pricing ecosystem services, dysfunction on the Chemical Safety Board, and more.
The Summer 2016 “Issues in Science and Technology” tackles everything from space policy reforms to combatting the next global pandemic.
Explore the Frontiers of Citizen Science in New Book from CSPO
The latest volume in "The Rightful Place of Science" series is a cutting-edge look at the changing relationship between science and the public.
Science is too important in our society to be left to the scientists. Everyday citizens are playing a greater role than ever in scientific projects and, in some cases, in science policy. This new book in CSPO’s “Rightful Place of Science” series takes a deep dive into the dynamic world of citizen science.
Germany’s Energiewende and Its Discontents
As one of the world's largest economies transitions to clean energy, Germany's ambitious goals face a number of hurdles.
CSPO scholar and School of Sustainability Ph.D. student Christine Sturm takes a close look at Germany’s energy system experiment in a new essay for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.