The Rightful Place Project

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Chad Orzel of Uncertain Principles Says…

In his inaugural address, President Obama pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” Following up on that, the Corporate Masters have launched the Rightful Place Project, asking bloggers, readers, and scientists to define the rightful place of science. Many of these responses will focus on narrow matters of policy, but as many have said…

Jillian Wright Says…

Obama also talked in the address (and in previous speeches) about the need for an overhaul of our energy policies, transportation systems, and national infrastructure. To my mind, acheiving those goals requires that science be allowed to move to the forefront. We need good engineers and scientists working on solving our environmental and energy problems…

David Ruskin Says…

In a time of economic crisis (or really any crisis), it is difficult to think too far into the future. Still, if America is to be a significant force in the scientific world of the future, we need to invest in our primary education system now, putting a particular emphasis on basic science education. We…

Christopher Granade Says…

In addition to what others have said here, I would like to point out that science education is an essential part of science’s rightful place. If a respect for and understanding of science and its methods is not communicated to students throughout their educations, then as citizens, they cannot be fully informed in their decisions.…

Jake Young Says…

In President Obama’s inaugural speech, he announced his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” In response to Seed Magazine has initiated to The Rightful Place Project whose goal is to recruit scientists and engineers to answer the question: What is science’s rightful place? Available on their website is a form where you can…

David Shatto Says…

“Citizen science” should be a part of science’s “rightful place” in society: http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/guest-column-a-new-kind-of-big-science “There is another way to extend our scientific reach, and I believe it can also restore some of what is lost in the process of centralization. It has been called Citizen Science, and it involves the enlistment of large numbers of relatively…

Jacqueline Floyd Says…

More funding for scientific research (which also supports the next generation of scientists through graduate and undergraduate research assistants). More science scholarships. More women-friendly funding policies (maternity leave, daycare support, etc.). Read more responses from The Rightful Place Project on Facebook

Doug Breitbart Says…

Science and applied science (engineering) serves as the primary engine of change and improvement in the human condition, at its best expression; and as the progenitor of man’s self-destruction at its worst expression throughout human history. It seems that at the intersection of science and government, it has always been the latter that is predominant,…

Brian Lee Beatty Says…

I am sure many people will disagree about specific aspects of science that should or should not be supported, but I hope that we can all agree that aside from a need for applications of science to solving immediate problems such as global warming and energy problems, I think that the best sign of this…

Andrew Brugh Says…

“In Science we Trust” Science and fact should be what we are taught to respect. We need to transform our education system from “Read/Recite, because God is really the one with the plan” to “Question everything and accept nothing that isn’t proven”. My biggest hope for Obama and his 8 years is for American’s to…