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Summer Bridge on Issues at the Technology/Policy Interface
July 1, 2016 Volume 46 Issue 2
Articles In This Issue
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorRonald M. Latanision

    Editor's Note

    I am pleased to present in the following pages articles that address an array of matters involving both technology and public policy.

    • Guru Madhavan and colleagues write on a subject of interest to all Americans, health policy decisions. They describe a systems-based tool that ...
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorGuru Madhavan, Charles E. Phelps, Rita R. Colwell, Rino Rappuoli, and Harvey V. Fineberg

    Modern times bring modern complexities that call for strategic priority setting. Markets effect some prioritization through the willingness of people to buy and sell products at competitive prices. Other activities—such as public investments in defense, regulation, research, and health ...

  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorJohn R. Scully

    The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, vividly demonstrates that the current approach to technology stewardship in the face of problems that may lead to calamity is not working. Lessons often are tragically not learned or used during decision making.

    A more proactive approach to ...

  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorBismark R. Agbelie, Samuel Labi, and Kumares C. Sinha

    Increasing numbers of roads and bridges in unsatisfactory condition, along with shrinking funds for maintenance and repair, are of great national concern. For decades, the motor fuel tax, an indirect excise tax on the sale of fuel, has been the primary source of federal and state highway revenue in ...

  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorKelly J. Grillo, Jane C. Bowser, and Tanya Moorehead Cooley

    Effective teaching is essential to guide student learning toward improved outcomes and ensure US innovation and economic development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM fields).

    The increasing assimilation of students of diverse abilities in a single, ...

  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorLionel O. Barthold and Dennis A. Woodford

    In 1882, 82 customers with 400 of Thomas Edison’s new electric lamps signed on to America’s first central electrical supply system. Direct current (DC), at 110 volts, fed those loads through copper cables that emanated from dynamos at Edison’s Pearl Street generating station in ...

  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    AuthorJonathan D. Linton and Daniel Berg

    The symbiosis of science and technology plays an integral role in innovation. Science is needed for innovation regardless of whether science or technology leads. We propose mission-oriented research and fortuitous observation as the dominant trajectories for discovery that are not based on ...

  • Friday, July 1, 2016

    Sandra H. Magnus, engineer and former astronaut, is executive director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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    RON LATANISION (RML): Sandy, we’re very happy to have this opportunity to talk with you. I understand you studied electrical engineering and ...