Science and Political Controversy: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • David E. Newton
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  • ISBN-10: 1610693205
  • ISBN-13: 9781610693202
  • DDC: 338.9
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The U.S. government has historically been the engine of American scientific achievement, from the birth of nuclear technology to the "space race." However, at times, our government has also misrepresented scientific evidence to advance a political agenda. Science and Political Controversy: A Reference Handbook examines how the government has facilitated research for the public good and the ways in which politicians have manipulated data to serve political ends around a broad array of controversies, from stem cell research to energy development, chemical health risks, and climate change. Written specifically for high school students and general readers without specialized background knowledge on the subject, the work presents perspective essays authored by representatives from governmental agencies, politicians, political scientists, experts in the physical and life sciences, and other stakeholders concerned with the intersection of politics and science. The first section of the book provides background information on the topic that overviews the current problems and issues related to the interaction of science and politics. The second section supplies resources that readers can use for their own research, such as an annotated bibliography, profiles of important individuals and organizations, a chronology of important events, and a glossary of key terms.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter: Part 1.
Other Frontmatter: Part 2.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Perspectives.
4: The Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cells.
5: Kitzmiller v. Dover in Focus.
6: Science is not a Liberal Conspiracy.
7: Rowland’s Recipe for Climate Treaty Success.
8: The Evolving Dispute Over Teaching Darwinism.
9: The Politics of Genetically Modified Foods.
10: Science, Politics, and High Energy Physics.
11: Lysenko’s Revenge: Science, Politics, and Hot Rhetoric.
12: The Corruption of Climate Science by Leftist Politics.
13: Oil and Water—The Political Mix of the 21st Century.
14: Profiles.
15: Todd Akin (1947–).
16: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
17: Jonathan Beckwith (1935–).
18: Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science.
19: Teresa Stanton Collett.
20: Federation of American Scientists.
21: Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911).
22: Government Accountability Project.
23: Edward R. Korman (1942–).
24: Philipp Lenard (1862–1947).
25: John Marburger (1941–2011).
26: National Academy of Sciences.
27: National Center for Science Education.
28: Plato (428/427–348/347 BCE).
29: Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy.
30: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
31: Ronald Reagan (1911–2004).
32: Eugenie C. Scott (1945–).
33: Kathleen Sebelius (1948–).
34: B. F. Skinner (1904–1990).
35: Union of Concerned Scientists.
36: Data and Documents.
37: Data.
38: Documents.
39: The Republic, by Plato (ca. 389 BCE).
40: Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989.
41: Abortion and Breast Cancer Legislation (1990s).
42: Politics and Science in the Federal Government (2003).
43: Gil Garcetti, et al., Petitioners v. Richard Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006).
44: Politicization of the Surgeon General’s Office (2007).
45: In the Matter of Julie MacDonald (2008).
46: Interference at the EPA: Science and Politics at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2008).
47: State of Louisiana, Act No. 473, Regular Session 2008.
48: Proposed Amendments to H.R. 1 (2011).
49: Allegation of Scientific and Scholarly Misconduct and Reprisal (2012).
50: Annie Tummino, et al.,—Against—Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, et al., No. 12-cv-763 (ERK)(VVP) (2013).
51: Draft High Quality Research Act (2013).
52: Resources for Further Research.
Internet Resources.
About the Author.