Our eighth graders might not understand basic scientific concepts, but America is still a beacon for the “stars” of science, at least according to a new analysis by two social scientists at UCLA:
America has 62 percent of the world’s stars as residents, primarily because of its research universities which produce them.
Of course, there is nothing inevitable about this fact. Americans take it for granted that we’re an aggregator of research talent, but that could quickly change. (Or has it already changed?) Unless we can find a way to improve science education (and fix our visa problems, so that immigrant scientists aren’t discouraged from coming here), America will lose its scientific eminence. It’s a damn shame issues like this never come up at Presidential debates. (Perhaps if we spent a little less time obsessing over Iran…) The simple truth is that the future of American science is intertwined with the future of America.
Hat Tip: MR