- News Home
12 December 2013 1:00 pm ,
Vol. 342 ,
Evolutionary biologists have long studied how the Mexican tetra, a drab fish that lives in rivers and creeks but has...
Victorian astronomers spent countless hours laboriously charting the positions of stars in the sky. Such sky mapping,...
In an ambitious project to study 1000 years of sickness and health, researchers are excavating the graveyard of the now...
Stefan Behnisch has won awards for designing science labs and other buildings that are smart, sustainable, and...
The iconic 125-year-old Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, is facing the threat of closure...
Recent results from the Curiosity Mars rover have helped scientists formulate a plan for the next phase of its mission...
A new, remarkably powerful drug that cripples the hepatitis C virus (HCV) came to market last week, but it sells for $...
In pretoothbrush populations, gumlines would often be marred by a thick, visible crust of calcium phosphate, food...
- 12 December 2013 1:00 pm , Vol. 342 , #6164
- About Us
You Too Can Shape Science at Interior
11 September 2009 2:59 pm
The U.S. Department of Interior is putting together its strategic plan for the next 5 years, and today it officially asked for input in several science-related areas, including how to measure the effectiveness of scientific research. Interior is the home of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Among the department's top seven priorities are:
(1) achieving greater energy independence and promoting the development of clean alternative energy sources
(3) addressing the issue of global climate change
(5) addressing critical water issues
(7) insuring the integrity of science in support of Interior's decision making
These include a few "problematic areas," as today's Federal Register notice puts it, including improving performance measurements for wildland fire and endangered species conservation, as well as measuring the effectiveness of research. An outline of the plan includes many possible ways to evaluate fire prevention and species conservation, but far fewer to evaluate research. (Among the squishiest: "Percent satisfaction with scientific and technical products and assistance for environmental and natural resource decision making.")
Comments are due 10 November, and Interior is planning several public meetings over the next 2 months, including online conferencing.