CSPO News

  • Public Value Science

    In an increasingly unequal society, America’s science policies are a regressive force. They need to be refocused on creating benefits for all people.

    In an economic environment characterized by growth but also by extreme inequality, science and technology not only reinforce inequality but also, in some instances, help widen the gap. Science and technology can be a regressive factor in the economy.

  • Can Voting by Mail Ensure a Safe and Secure Election?

    The challenges and misconceptions of vote-by-mail

    The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to disrupt the most important tenet of democracy: political representation. In response, many states are implementing or considering systems to allow citizens to vote by mail. What are the challenges to scaling up vote-by-mail so quickly?

  • Introducing the 2020 Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellows

    Five teams from across the national joined the initial cohort of fellows.

    Fellows will learn how to collaborate with local partners to co-create public forums and engage the public on science and technology issues that matter to their local communities.

  • The Emergence of the Fifth Wave in American Higher Education

    America’s future depends on embracing the idea that excellence and access in higher education are not incompatible, but synergistic.

    By excluding huge proportions of the population, the nation excludes the experience, ideas, intelligence, and ambitions of those millions. Equity and excellence are complementary because talent is distributed throughout the socioeconomic spectrum.

  • Winter 2020 Issues in Science and Technology

    Authors in the latest issue reimagine science institutions, discover the hidden influence of academic publishers, warn against the claims of precision medicine, and much more.

    A reassessment of the landmark policy report Science, the Endless Frontier finds that the time has come for a fresh look at how the United States invests in scientific research.

  • Announcing the Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship!

    An immersive learning program for engaging communities in science and technology policy, education and research

    This pilot fellowship will train the next generation of science-engagement professionals to collaborate with local civic, government, and university partners to engage the public on science and technology issues that matter to their local communities. Apply by January 29, 2020!

  • Fall 2019 Update

    Geoengineering, driverless cars, and much more!

    We haven’t circulated an update in a very long time, but it’s only because we’ve been extremely busy, so we wanted to update you on a few of the things we’ve been up to.

  • Injecting Public Input Before Aerosols

    After launching an innovative program of citizen engagement on controversial geoengineering research, CSPO shares the results with climate engineering experts.

    Attendees describe CSPO’s public engagement work on SRM research as vital to the future of climate science policy.