Volume 95 Issue 21 | p. 51 | ACS Comments
Issue Date: May 22, 2017

In the room where it happens: Science and policy

By Laura E. Pence, District I Director, ACS Board of Directors
Department: ACS News
Keywords: comment, ACS News

As scientists, we need to become just as comfortable engaging our elected officials in policy discussions as we are at home in our own laboratory and office comfort zones. Science and policy are most effective when they work in concert and allow the knowledge of each area to inform the other.

An immediate challenge to this science-informing-policy idea is that as scientists, we are fundamentally trained to be impartial. I teach my undergraduate students to . . .

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