Don't sell social science short

Ojima, Dennis S., Wall, Diana H., Moore, John, Galvin, Kathy, Hobbs, N. T., Hunt, William H., Paustian, Keith, Swift, David, Boone, Randall B., Conant, Richard T., Klein, Julia, Christensen, Lindsey, Sankaran, Mahesh, Ratnam, Jayashree, Ayres, Ed, Steltzer, Heidi, Simmons, Breana, & Williams, Gary (2006) Don't sell social science short. Science Magazine, 312(5779), p. 1470.

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The News of the Week article that reports on Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) questioning the need to fund social science research at the National Science Foundation is alarming and shortsighted ("Senate panel chair asks why NSF funds social sciences," 12 May, p. 829). Social science research is at the fundamental core of basic research and has much to contribute to the economic viability of the United States. Twenty years of direct and jointly funded social and ecosystem science research at Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory has produced deep insights into environmental and societal impacts of political upheaval, land use, and climate change in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Beyond greatly advancing our understanding of the coupled human-environmental system, the partnership of social and ecosystem science has brought scientists and decision-makers together to begin to develop solutions to difficult problems.

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ID Code: 37772
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social science research , NSF funds social sciences
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5779.1470b
ISSN: 0036-8075
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2010 00:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:20

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