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Fall Issue of The Bridge on Social Sciences and Engineering Practice
September 5, 2012 Volume 42 Issue 3
Articles In This Issue
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    AuthorDaniel Metlay

    If one stepped back and viewed the state of technological development in the United States since the end of World War II (although the demarcation is hardly precise), it would appear dramatically different from that of earlier years. Technological capacity, driven by scientific research and ...

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    AuthorRaymond Wassel

    Since the Macondo well blowout, improvements have been made in management and safety systems and in regulatory regimes.

    Commercial deep-water drilling involves highly complex and highly risky operations. Companies must coordinate the operation of sophisticated equipment to construct wells in ...

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    AuthorJameson M. Wetmore

    Three recent projects illustrate the benefits of bringing a social sciences perspective to engineering innovation.

    Since the early 1900s, engineering professional societies have established codes of ethics to ensure that their members maintain a high level of professionalism (Pfatteicher, 2003). ...

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    AuthorHank C. Jenkins-Smith, Carol L. Silva, Kerry G. Herron, Evaristo “Tito” Bonano, and Rob P. Rechard

    Public responses to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future are generally positive.

    U.S. policies for long-term management of used nuclear fuel (UNF1) have been placed on hold in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw the ...

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    AuthorRoger E. Kasperson

    Risk perception and communication are important factors in decisions about managing risk events and their impacts.

    One of the most perplexing problems in risk analysis is why some relatively minor risks or risk events (as assessed by technical experts) elicit strong public concerns and result in ...

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2012
    AuthorDaniel Metlay and Daniel Sarewitz

    Getting the politics of a messy situation right may make it easier to get the science right, too.

     More than a half-century ago, two social scientists, James D. Thompson and Arthur Tuden, advanced what has come to be called the “contingency theory” of decision making (Thompson ...