31 Oct '16, 9pm

Can Science Help Communities Thrive on a Turbulent Planet?

Revised and updated, 10 p.m. | Science has long been focused mainly on knowledge frontiers, with universities often seeming to track “impact factors ” of published papers more than a researcher’s impact in the real word. But there’s been a welcome effort, of late, particularly in fields relevant to sustainable development, to shift priorities toward helping communities address challenges as humanity’s “great acceleration ” plays out in the next few decades. An early iteration of this call came in a 1997 essay on “the virtues of mundane science ” by Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael R. Dove of Yale. (I discussed the essay in a lecture last year. ) It seems such efforts are gaining steam. For example, consider the growth of the Thriving Earth Exchange , an effort by the American Geophysical Union to help connect its global network of scient...

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