Since the creation of the National Science foundation in 1950, the federal government has acknowledged and supported the centrality of science and technology to the global competitiveness of the United States. In this important work, historians Alan I Marcus and Amy Sue Bix present illuminating case studies that highlight crucial policy patterns, shifts in emphasis, and debates over future directions of US science and technology policy. One major theme that emerges from these studies is that universities quickly became the main vehicles through which national science and technology policy was developed. As universities became involved in implementing federal policy, their role as educational institutions inevitably changed. Other themes include the effect of gender and minority concerns on policy, as well as the application of social science to selecting research agendas and technology initiatives. Marcus and Bix's revealing analysis corrects the misperception that federal science and technology policy is solely concerned with defence.
They demonstrate that biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, and information science have also become potent policy choices in recent years, impacting such diverse areas of society as medicine, agriculture, energy use, economic trends, and homeland security. Containing a wealth of information and insightful analysis, this comprehensive chronological study will be especially useful for undergraduate readers, while offering much to graduate students and established scholars.
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Author Biography - Alan I. Marcus
Alan I Marcus (Mississippi State, MS) is professor of history and head of the history department at Mississippi State University and the author or coauthor of seven books, including Technology in America: A Brief History. Amy Sue Bix (Ames, IA) is associate professor of history at Iowa State University and the author of Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs?: America's Debate over Technological Unemployment, 1929-1981, as well as numerous articles in history of technology, medicine, and science.