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Because the water needed to raise crops to feed the world's burgeoning population is becoming scarce,
efforts to produce food with less water will be critical to averting a crisis, according to an article in the summer 2007 edition of Issues in Science and Technology.
In Water Scarcity: The Food Factor, David Molden and colleagues at the
International Water Management Institute in Colombo, Sri Lanka, discuss the
findings of the recently released Comprehensive Assessment of Water
Management in Agriculture and recommend solutions.
In The University As Innovator: Bumps in the Road, Robert Litan and
colleagues at the Kauffman Foundation argue that many university technology
transfer offices have become bottlenecks rather than facilitators of
innovation. New approaches that maximize the volume of innovations brought
to the marketplace are needed.
In Community College: The Unfinished Revolution, James E. Rosenbaum and
colleagues at Northwestern University argue that although public two-year
colleges have dramatically improved college access for large numbers of
disadvantaged students, serious deficiencies in how they operate are
limiting their value.
Other articles in the summer Issues include:
Does Science Policy Matter? According to Daniel Sarewitz of Arizona
State, policy would matter if the United States had a real science policy
that addressed the broad social implications of science and technology.
What it has instead is science politics, with various groups spending most
of their time battling for increases in the federal research and
The Promise of Data-Driven Policymaking. The federal government is only
scratching the surface in its use of information technologies to collect,
analyze, and use data in innovative ways, write Daniel Esty of Yale
University and Reece Rushing of the Center for American Progress in
Full Disclosure: Using Transparency to Fight Climate Change. An
essential first step in any effective climate change policy is to require
major contributors to fully disclose their emissions, argue Elena Fagotto
and Mary Graham of Harvard University.
Tiny Technology, Enormous Implications. The National Nanotechnology
Initiative should seize the opportunity to develop a new technology the
right way, with an awareness of its broad social context, write Ronald
Sandler and Christopher Bosso of Northeastern University.
For a copy of an article from the summer 2007 edition of Issues in
Science and Technology, contact Sonja Gold at 972-883-6325 or email
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