1/20/2016 0 Comments
By Gabrielle-Ann Torre
A prime source for comedic relief this year will no doubt be the continuation of the 2016 Presidential campaigns. In the latter half of 2015, we were bestowed with debates and political flubs galore. Comedic gold aside, there has been little talk surrounding a topic of great import: science policy. This shouldn’t be surprising. Science is not a quotidian campaign topic for Presidential candidates, nor is it for anyone outside of science due to weak public interest and understanding. If we lived in a better world—a world not pending showdowns with Alzheimer’s disease, climate change, and STEM education—our candidates could eschew science. But these are very real problems that our world, and thus future President, must tackle. Here, I review what the Presidential candidates have to say about science policy and highlight the disparity between political and scientific interests.
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