Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Do science, tell the truth and then write laws that honor reality.

LLPF=BP. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire equals Bad Policy. When the public notices a blatant lie, it undermines credibility on all statements. People automatically conclude that if they were lied to on one subject, then they question the validity of other subjects. Case study: Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base written by the Institute of Medicine; National Academy of Sciences. Copyright 1999 Conclusion: ...more »

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Completely switch the US to the metric system by 2019

The United States is the only country that has not switched to the metric system other than Burma and Liberia [1]. The cost of not switching to the metric system is quickly increasing with the trend towards globalization. There are very strong economic and scientific reasons to switch the US to the metric system. In fact failing to switch could result in the US losing its competitive edge in science and technology, ...more »

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"The Science Behind the Global Warming Debate is Finished"?????

US Senate EPW Minority Report: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=10fe77b0-802a-23ad-4df1-fc38ed4f85e3&Issue_id= Also a petition with the names of 34,000 scientists and experts that were against global warming was released last year. Of the names on the list, over 9,000 were Ph.D.'s. That dwarfs the 2,500 scientists that are supposedly on the UN's IPCC. I hope this causes ...more »

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A New Kind of Textbook

This idea would start out with a contest. Maybe someone like the Gates Foundation could sponsor it to make it worthwhile. The contest would present a list of critical scientific concepts that every educated person should know. Contestants would then submit the simplest possible method they could think of for getting the concepts across. Methods would be categorized by visual, tactile and auditory to cover different ...more »

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Making US mecca of Top Scientists and Engineers in the world once again

Immigration of Scientists and Engineers from around the world to US is one of the most strategic strength of this nation. In order to be at the forefront of the inventions and innovations of the 21st century US has to make legal incentives for Ph.D. students in Engineering and Basic Science majors to stay in US and contribute to the advance of science and technology after they have completed their studies here. We suggest ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Neuroimaging and aphasia data sharing

The government has made great strides toward encouraging the sharing of neuroimaging data. This sharing should save money and help advance brain studies. Data sharing is carefully controlled by policies that require de-identification of scans and patient/subject consent. However, the Veteran's Administration is apparently reluctant to allow data sharing, even when subjects would like to share their data! A project ...more »

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Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Level the playing field for innovators.

Let the merit of an idea or innovation be the primary reason for government support. Remove biases in funding opportunities that favor large institutions over small entities. Merge individual or small business innovation funding into the same pool enjoyed by corporations, universities, and national laboratories. In this way, we can revive the spirit of American ingenuity.

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Ensure that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are implemented in a comprehensive manner.

The President’s Science Adviser should ensure that guidelines for the free flow of scientific information are implemented in a comprehensive and timely manner. On the heels of repeated problems with the publication of important studies in various agencies, there has been some movement in the right direction on policies governing review and clearance of scientific materials. However, the manner in which agencies adopt ...more »

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Official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website

The official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website. Public affairs staff should have a plan for disseminating the policy to agency scientists and should conduct trainings in effective media communication that emphasize scientific openness.

 

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Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd

Agency communications policies should also inform employees of their rights under the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Lloyd-La Follette Act, which ensures unrestricted employee communication with Congress. The policy should comply with the Anti-Gag Statute and should provide protections against overly broad non-disclosure policies. It should be clear that employees can go to their agency's Inspector General Office ...more »

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Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request

Agency policies should spell out a clearly defined role for the PAOs, including timely response to media inquiries and providing journalists and agency staff with accurate information, but should also prevent them from being “gatekeepers of information.” Scientists should not be required to obtain pre-approval from public affairs before responding to a media request. However, requiring scientists and researchers to give ...more »

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Agency employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications

Agency policies should make clear that employees are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their communications and should not represent the agency on issues of politics or policy without prior approval from the Public Affairs Officer. Employees are also responsible for working with public affairs to make significant research developments accessible and comprehensible to the public. - From the 21st Century RTK ...more »

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