PUBPOL481_14apr2011 - Course Wrap-Up PUBPOL481/PHYS481...

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Course Wrap-Up PUBPOL481/PHYS481 Lecture April 14, 2011 Homer A. Neal
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Lecture goals A scan of the course Areas of concern Exam #2 Q/A Best wishes
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Remember A View from 150 years ago No airplanes No x-rays No internet No radio No TV No IPOD No zippers Rampant diseases (polio, whooping cough, SIDs, TB,. .)
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A Truly Gloomy View About the Future (which we must not let happen) The public begins to assume that science and religion are incompatible Scientists pay too little attention to the importance of ethics and scientific integrity and begin to lose public confidence Scientific advances slow, the quality of the science workforce declines, the world economic situation deteriorates …. .
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A Rosier View The nation has a growing appreciation of the value of science and technology and provides increased support More bright young people enter related fields Major breakthroughs occur in instrumentation allowing deeper probes into unknown areas More diseases are cured, food and energy become more abundant, less tendency for nation’s to fight over resources, …. . Humans have more time to enjoy life …. .
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Some Factors that May Determine the Outcome
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Science and Religion Science is based on testing of hypotheses Religion is based on faith Can the two co-exist? What are the arenas where conflicts can manifest themselves? (Please see Policy Discussion Box 20.1 )
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Interdisciplinary Research The problems society wants to have solved normally do not lie within the purview of one field Scientific fields have a tendency to focus inwards and have historically not shown great interest in collaborative efforts even when “pushed” What is the resolution?
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University/Government Partnership When the government “gives” a university funds to do research – what is it doing??? Is it money to help the university do what it would want to do anyhow? Or is it money to “buy” research? Or, is it a partnership…?
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A Virtual University of the Future No need to come to class All of the 4-yr curriculum is on a chip (IPOD) No library required, no classrooms required, all tests taken electronically Lectures given via U-Tube Study groups self-formed in chat rooms Students pay $25,000 for chip upon enrollment plus another $25,000 in four years when chip is turned in for a diploma ……what’s wrong with this picture?
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and Politics -- what about scientists and political campaigns? -- what about
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course PUBPOL 481 taught by Professor Duderstadt during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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PUBPOL481_14apr2011 - Course Wrap-Up PUBPOL481/PHYS481...

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