United States Publications

Washington's U Street:  A Biography by Blair A. Ruble

Washington's U Street: A Biography

Oct 01, 2010
Washington’s U Street: A Biography traces the history of the U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C., from its Civil War–era origins to its recent gentrification. more

Immigration and Security: Does the New Immigration Law Protect the People of Arizona?

Jul 29, 2010
On July 29, the first pieces of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070, take effect without the most controversial parts of the legislation. The sections that mandated that Arizona police enforce federal immigration laws have been blocked by a federal judge pending further review.1 If fully implemented, the law would direct police to ascertain the immigration status of people they stop or detain while enforcing other laws, make it a state crime for immigrants to not have papers documenting legal status in their possession, and otherwise increase state pressure on unauthorized (some would say all) immigrants. more

Synthetic Biology Newsletter 2.0

Jul 18, 2010
This July 2011 issue of Synthetic Biology 2.0 looks at the work of the United States Presidential Bioethics Commission, the dominant discourse in the synthetic biology debate, vaccines as the first commercial applicaiton of synthetic biology, do-it-yourself biology, biosecurity, and biofiction where science and arts meet. more

Public Health Democracy: U.S. and Global Health Disparities in Breast Cancer

Jul 13, 2010
Despite significant scientific advances in cancer research, not all segments of the U.S. population have benefited from this progress. A closer look at cancer rates for racial and ethnic groups reveals significant differences in incidence, mortality, and survival that constitute health disparities. This report is intended to increase understanding of cancer-related health disparities in African American and African women, highlighting specific global problem areas in breast cancer. Ultimately, it presents possible solutions to breast cancer challenges that would improve the lives of African American and minority women at risk for breast cancer in the United States and globally. more

Beyond Merida: The Evolving Approach to Security Cooperation

May 01, 2010
While the majority of U.S. funding in the first phase of the Merida Initiative went to expensive equipment, particularly aircraft, the new approach shifts the focus toward institution building. It will attempt to create successful pilot projects, most likely in Tijuana and/or Ciudad Juarez, using a comprehensive approach to public security that could presumably be replicated in other parts of Mexico. more

Neoconservatives in U.S. Foreign Policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices behind the Throne by Jesús Velasco

Neoconservatives in U.S. Foreign Policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices behind the Throne

May 01, 2010
Jesús Velasco examines the origins and history of the neoconservative political movement so closely identified with the George W. Bush administration's policies of regime change and democratization. more

Trends in American & European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology

Mar 12, 2010
The increase in media coverage of synthetic biology between 2003-2008 is tracked in this 2008 report. The combined survey rests on the findings of individual U.S. and European press coverage analyses, and examines aspects of synthetic biology that may be cause for either potential public acceptance or rejection of the technology. The report concludes with an agenda for future social science research that can inform our understanding of how public perceptions of synthetic biology develop. more

New Life, Old Bottles

Mar 11, 2010
In New Life, Old Bottles: Regulating First-Generation Products of Synthetic Biology, Michael Rodemeyer examines the benefits and drawbacks of using the existing U.S. regulatory framework for biotechnology to cover the new products and processes enabled by synthetic biology. The safety of early applications of synthetic biology may be adequately addressed by the existing regulatory framework for biotechnology, especially in contained laboratories and manufacturing facilities, according to the report. But further advances in this emerging field are likely to create significant challenges for U.S. government oversight. more

Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, & Public Opinion

Mar 08, 2010
A groundbreaking poll of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies found 90 percent of Americans think that the public should be better informed about the development of cutting-edge technologies, according to this 2009 report summarizing the findings. more

Poll: Awareness & Impressions Of Synthetic Biology

Mar 07, 2010
From August 16 to August 22, 2010, Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide survey among 1,000 adults about attitudes toward the entities involved in the oversight of new scientific and technological advances, awareness of nanotechnology, and awareness of and attitudes toward synthetic biology and two potential applications of the science. According to this report, awareness of nanotechnology was at its highest measured level in five years. This same year, one in three Americans reported hearing a lot or some about nanotechnology, which was a slight increase over results in 2009. more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.