As we move towards the Presidential election, Ira and guests look at ways to strengthen science in the federal government. How can scientists and policymakers make sure the president gets sound science advice? Are there ways to ensure that federal scientists can communicate their findings? And how can citizens encourage Congress to tackle tough science-based issues such as climate change policy and funding for stem cell research?
This week, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a statement signed by several prominent scientists calling on the next administration and Congress to ensure that federal scientists have the freedom to publicly communicate their findings; publish their work; disclose misrepresentation, censorship or other abuses; and have their technical work evaluated by peers -- all without fear of retribution. We're broadcasting live from Boston, Massachusetts, the site of this year's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. If you're in Boston, stop by!
Produced by Karin Vergoth