Issues in Science and Technology

A quarterly journal of the National Academy of Science focused on discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. Provides a forum researchers, government officials, business leaders, and others concerned with public policy to s

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 3, Spring

A Fresh Approach to Immigration
Over the past 20 years, the control of immigration in the U.S. science and technology (S&T) sector has become a topic of perennial debate. Foreign-born scientists and students make up a significant and growing share of those holding or pursuing degrees...
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A New Business Agenda for Improving U.S. Schools
For more than a decade, since the report A Nation at Risk warned of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in our public schools, members of the U.S. business community have been actively engaged in multiple efforts to improve public education. We have served...
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Don't Look Back: Science Funding for the Future
The beginning of a new administration and a new Congress provides an opportunity to reassess national science and technology (S&T) policies. A reassessment is badly needed because shifting national priorities and strong pressures to eliminate the...
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Fixing the National Laboratory System
Over the past 20 years, there have been numerous studies of the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. Most of these studies recognize the high technical quality and unique capabilities of the laboratories but also have raised serious questions...
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Forging a Path to a Post-Nuclear U.S. Military
For 50 years, nuclear weapons have been central to U.S. military strategy - an indispensable element in deterring and retaliating against an attack on U.S. territory. Now, six years after the end of the Cold War, it is time to question that centrality....
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From Technology Politics to Technology Policy
One of the most contentious issues in the 1995-96 congressional session was the Clinton administration's technology policy priorities and programs. Although one might expect Republicans to support efforts aimed at improving the performance of U.S. companies,...
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Global Telecommunications Rules: The Race with Technology
In February, the telecommunications industry was hit by the advance of two revolutions. The advance of the digital technology revolution was marked by the launch of the first toll-quality Internet telephony service that makes it possible to use an ordinary...
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Is There a Brain Drain from Science and Engineering?
Some members of the science and engineering (S&E) community have been worried that the attraction of higher salaries in other professions and the much-discussed difficulties that some recent Ph.D.s have encountered in finding jobs is luring some...
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Roundtable: The Future of Computing and Telecommunications
As part of its 10th anniversary symposium on May 16, 1996, the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board convened a panel of experts to speculate about what the future holds. This is an abridged version of their discussion....
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