Our mission is to improve people’s lives by advancing the application of science and technology to solve public problems. CSTPP explores the increasingly important role that science and technology plays in our society and examines its implications for public policy at the international, national, state and local levels.
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Overview of PIRE Sustainability Summer Course
A team of leading sustainability authorities from across the globe led by Dr. Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair Professor of Science Technology & Public Policy, is coordinating a summer school that is training students on solving Asia’s most vexing sustainability problems.
Dr. Jennifer Kuzma Quoted in L.A. Times on Genetic Engineering
When is a fish not a fish but a drug? When government regulators take old laws and twist themselves into knots trying to apply them to new technology.
In the emotionally charged battle over the safety and appropriateness of genetically modified foods, people on both sides agree that the way the government oversees genetically modified plants and animals is patchy, inconsistent and at times just plain bizarre.
Soon, analysts say, the system may be stretched to the breaking point. That could leave many genetically modified crops unregulated — a worry for those who fear environmental and safety risks or who believe that government vetting is key for broad public acceptance.
"It's a bit of a mess," said Jennifer Kuzma, a science policy expert at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
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