The Intersection

Archives for February, 2008

AAAS Photo Journal: Part II

Lawrence introduces me to Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, a wonderful role model for everyone, but particularly women in science. Down time with some members of the ScienceDebate2008 Steering Committee. From left: Austin, Matthew, Sheril Shawn, Lawrence [Chris present by phone!]

John Holdren on ScienceDebate2008

John Holdren Chair, American Association for the Advancement of Science; President and Director, Woods Hole Research Center Watch more video statements here

AAAS Photo Journal: Part I

Matthew and I chat with Alec Ross after the Clinton-Obama debate on Saturday. Ross represented Obama and Thomas Kalil represented Clinton. The AAAS annual meeting took place February 14-18 in Boston, Massachusetts. Scientists from around the world gathered to discuss ideas, explore emerging trends, and share exciting new research. Here I am with friends and…

Rosina Bierbaum Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan Watch the newest video statements here In the last 24 hours, Research!America and The American Museum of Natural History have joined the Call (read the press release).…

The Lieberman-Warner Conundrum

Should Congressional Democrats, led by Barbara Boxer, try to get a global warming bill passed this year, even if it’s the relatively moderate (and modest) Lieberman-Warner America’s Climate Security Act? That’s the matter currently dividing the environmental community, and the dilemma I address in my latest DeSmogBlog item. The answer, I would say, is that…

Sex & Science At Sixteen

If you watch prime time tv, music videos, or walk past a magazine stand, it would appear that the average adolescent male has sex on the brain. I never gave it much thought, although regular readers know by now I’m not particularly comfortable with any kind of generalization. We humans are a diverse bunch. If…

Our Mercurial Government

My latest Science Progress column just went up: It’s about the strong rebuke (PDF) that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit just gave the Bush administration on the subject of mercury pollution. The good news is that the administration’s sham regulatory policy for this dangerous metal has now been blasted by the…

John Podesta CEO, the Center for American Progress; former Chief of Staff to U.S. President Bill Clinton ‘We built it; will they come?‘ Watch video statements to the candidates here and check back frequently as more are coming! Expect to recognize some familiar faces… We invite bloggers to choose their favorite for embedding and encourage…

A pause during a busy day at Duke to post this fantastic piece from Nature: Quit whining and get proactive. That’s the message that policy experts gave scientists at the weekend [AAA conference]. They advised them to stop complaining that politicians don’t take science seriously and instead prepare for the presidential changeover next January. Scientists…

The Boston Debate

Saturday I reported that AAAS had pulled together an unexpected preliminary presidential science debate at the annual meeting. The event was organized by the Association of American Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and as promised, here’s what went down in Boston… Representatives of the major Democratic candidates accepted invitations…