A topic near to my own heart…..

For quite some time now, I’ve been helping teach others about the art of communicating science. Academic scientific writing unfortunately tends to use exclusionary terms and communication methods. Even worse, many scientists are just not very good at it (as anyone who’s been to a major academic conference can attest. This slide show was recently […]

Government Funded Research – Finally Catching Up With the Times

I’ve had high praise before for the way in which some government research programs are funded. Case in point, the Coordinated Agricultural Programs of the USDA, which seek to develop sustainable biofuel and bioenergy programs. Rather than just pay for a university or government lab to develop a new process and advance their field a […]

Should the military pay $10 per gallon for advanced biofuels?

I came across a USDA summary report from earlier in this year about the programs sponsored by the government to produce bio-based aviation fuels (http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-farm-to-fly-report-jan-2012.pdf and by the way, there’s a quick overview of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels – Pacific Northwest project, to which I’ve contributed over the past year). In some ways, aviation fuels are […]

Science and the Election

The re-election of Barack Obama and strong Democratic showing in the Senate gives scientists a reason to celebrate. While it’s unlikely that the federal government will dramatically increase its funding for science in the upcoming presidential term, the alternative to Obama was an administration that viewed science with skepticism, at best. Certainly, many of my […]

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