Science and Technology Innovation Program

Events

In Search of a Budget Hero

With the threat of another partisan standoff over the federal budget looming, Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) hosted a group of constituents to play a round of Budget Hero. The “serious game” is a fantastically effective tool that should be further deployed to the public, says Udall.

PEN 3 - Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk

View This report by Dr. Andrew Maynard proposes a comprehensive framework for systematically exploring possible risks.

Inventory Finds Increase in Consumer Products Containing Nanoscale Materials

The updated Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory now contains 1,628 consumer products that have been introduced to the market since 2005, representing a 24 percent increase since the last update in 2010. In addition to finding new products introduced to the market, the newly re-launched inventory seeks to address scientific uncertainty with contributions from those involved with nanomaterials production, use, and analysis.

How Does the Media – and Public – Learn Environmental Science? Help Us Find Out

If people do not know scientists or understand how they work, it follows that they are unlikely to make informed choices on public policy issues or support basic scientific research to address vital issues like climate change and conservation, writes Wilson Center Scholar Louise Lief.

Business, Government Use Video Games to Explore Serious Issues

January 2007 - Sheila Riley reports in Investor's Business Daily on how govenment agencies like the EPA are using serious games to teach important concepts.

What We Know and What We Might Know About the Brain

Dr. Jordan Grafman, Chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Grafman talks about how discoveries in cognitive neuroscience may change our understanding of memory, addiction, and attention deficit disorder. He discusses how and why we need to better prepare for the ethical and social implications of these advances. Learn more about Dr. Grafman's work at: http://intra.ninds.nih.gov/Lab.asp?Org_ID=83 The ideas presented here do not represent the official view of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Deparment of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government.

Brain Policy

Robert Blank, Chair of Public Policy, Brunel University, London, and author of Brain Policy discusses the possible impacts (positive and negative) of cognitive neuroscience on areas ranging from addition to hate crimes and foreign policy.

2011 Social Media + Emergency Management Camp: Transforming the Response Enterprise

By harnessing the collective power of citizens and engaging communities in their own response and recovery, social media have the power to revolutionize emergency management. Yet, many challenges—including guidelines for use by response agencies, demonstration of value, and characterization of reliability—must be addressed if the potential of social media is to be fully realized in emergency response and relief efforts in the United States.

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Upcoming Events

The National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

September 04, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm

Complexity and the Art of Public Policy

September 12, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm

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