Op-ed by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley published in The Scientist. On winning hearts, minds, and votes for science In chartering the National Academy of Sciences 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln had the wisdom to establish a body that would provide scientific advice to the nation. Lincoln also had the wisdom to know that science doesn’t advance in a vacuum; he knew that there are political frames for science, which must serve’and be perceived to serve’the public’s interest. ’Public sentiment is everything,’ he said in 1858. ’Without it, nothing can succeed; with it, nothing can fail.’ Public opinion polls document strong support for scientific...
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