NSF Director Colwell Touts Science's Past, Future in Shannon Lecture (NIH)
Dr. Colwell emphasizes the importance of scientific discoveries and the impact science has on today's society in her James. A. Shannon Lecture. Basic research, she argues, "is the reason why the 21st century is so different from the way things were only 15 years ago...It is the driving force of our economy and the key to social stability."
'National Academies Keck Futures Initiative' to Transform Interdisciplinary Research(National Academies)
This 15-year initiative includes an awards program for talented communicators -- be they scientists, engineers, medical professionals, journalists, authors, or producers in film and the electronic media -- who can synthesize technical issues and communicate them effectively to foster understanding among a broader scientific and general audience.
Statement of the Honorable John H. Gibbons, Director, OSTP, before the Committee on Science U.S. House of Representatives
Dr. John Gibbons emphasizes the importance of the advancement of science and technology for the well-being of America in this testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Public Perceptions of Scientists (NSF)
Most people believe that scientists and engineers lead rewarding professional and personal lives, although a stereotypical image of these professions, deeply rooted in popular culture, exists and has been difficult to dislodge.
Public Interest in S&T and Other Issues (NSF)
In National Science Foundation surveys conducted since 1979, about 90 percent of U.S. adults report being very or moderately interested in new scientific discoveries and the use of new inventions and technologies.