How does science interact with society? Bruce Alberts, former President of the National Academy of Sciences and Editor in Chief of Science magazine, shares his suggestion for science adaptors. You will need to create a free account to view this article.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences distributes an excellent pamphlet, available here, on science communication. It is written by Chris Mooney, who is a major voice in the new movement for having scientists become more integrated with society by becoming better listeners and communicators.
A shorter version of this article was first published by The Scientist on November 9, 2010 (http://bit.ly/10ikvYh). The dynamics that make science an uninviting career path, leading one to face an uncertain future after years of training, are discussed. Read the longer report Jonathan Yewdell shared with ushere.
An Education That Inspires In this editorial by Bruce Alberts, the emerging opportunities for scientists' involvement in science education and science communication are discussed.
Scientists have achieved major breakthroughs in fields such as genomics, nanotechnology, and physics. We do indeed live in a golden age of scientific discovery. However, the culture and structure of basic science fail to fulfill the true potential of invested time, money, and individuals' contributions. Ideas abound on what can be done and what is possible. Jump in - read - be inspired - get creative - and talk with others about your ideas.