2016 Presidential Science, Tech, Health, and Environmental Forum

What are the top science, tech, health, and environmental questions the candidates for president should answer?

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1) Declarative statement (1-2 sentences max) describing the situation and context, followed by
2) Question (1 sentence) asking what they will do about it if elected.

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What priority will you give to funding scientific research?
Federally funded research has helped to produce America’s major postwar economies and to ensure our national security, but today the UK, Singapore, China, and Korea are making competitive investments in research. Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?

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  1. how will your Administration fund science? Are there areas of scientific research that you would not like funded?

    Various candidates have strong views about the role of science and its funding at the Federal level. How would each of these candidates view and fund science within their administration. What types of research would that not support.

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    • Will you bring back basic science funding?

      Basic science funding paved the way for many modern technologies. For example, without funding for superconductors there would be no MRI capability. Basic science research is the platform for useful tech but, it cannot happen on regular business style deadlines, it can take years to reach maturity. Will you fund basic science research?

      63 votes
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      • Would you support increased funding for curiosity-based, blue-skies research, especially in areas such as theoretical math and physics?

        We hear a lot in the news about government funding for scientific research that leads towards applications, such as new medicines or green energy. While the importance of this research cannot be overstated, curiosity-based, blue-skies research in areas such as theoretical physics and mathematics has wide-reaching impact on science and society, but does not receive as much press. As president, would you support increased funding for this type of research?

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        • How will you fix federal funding for health (NIH) and science (NSF) to ensure retention of mid-career scientists?

          Special programs are in place to ensure that early career scientists get off to a good start. But with funding levels at the NIH hovering around 10%, many mid-career biomedical scientists have become discouraged, quit applying, and drop out of research altogether. This is a terrible waste of talent.

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          • 40 votes
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            • How will you increase science education and opportunity?

              Funding for scientific research in the US has been sorely lacking during recent years, leading to many of our best and most promising scientists to leave the US for better opportunities in other countries. If the US wants to stay on the cutting edge of technology and scientific discovery, it must make science a higher priority. What changes will you make in order to increase scientific opportunity?

              38 votes
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              • How will you secure and guarantee continued funding for large-scale fundamental scientific experiments and facilities?

                Since the failure to complete the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) in 1993, the closure of the Tevatron in 2011, and funding shortages among the accelerators which are currently in operation, the US has had a multi-decade history of failing to lead the way in fundamental particle physics research. Internationally, there are many potential future accelerators and colliders under development. In order to contribute at a high level, the US must be willing to develop and build new accelerator technology. The NSAC has recommended funding the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and then following this up with up with the development…

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                • How will you increase the funding to scientific research to stop highly trained scientists from leaving the field?

                  The NIH budget has been reduced by ~25% in inflation-adjusted dollars in the past 15 years. Yet studies show a high return on investment in such research, both in pure economic terms and, more importantly, in improvements in quality of life of American citizens. This reduction in funding has deterred many promising young scientists from pursuing research careers. This not only weakens science, it weakens our economy and national security. How will you right this trend and stimulate more scientific growth?

                  30 votes
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                  • How would you invest in fundamental scientific research?

                    In your opinion, what is the relationship between fundamental scientific research and gross national product? Are we investing the right amount into fundamental research, too much or too little and why?

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                    • How important is Science Funding to a healthy economy and for critical solutions to todays biggest challenges (climate change, SDG's, etc)?

                      Science Funding is a major issue. Politician needn't be science experts, but they do need to see the importance of science in advancing the economy, improving health, protecting the environment, and solving world problems. What is your position on science funding?

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                      • How would you make the NIH a more efficient funder of government health efforts?

                        How would you restructure NIH to increase efficiency of funding by reducing redundant programs and reducing the number of "special single disease" institutes?

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                        • Can you establish an agency to promote long term research programs? We might have fusion power if the R&D had a long term plan.

                          Currently R&D is funded only for short term activities. "Grand Challenges" cannot be defined or accomplished without long term programs with guarenteed long term funding. Research failing due to short term funding includes nuclear fusion power, cures for fatal diseases, interstellar space travel, ocean human habitats, cities in the sky, cities in space, to name a few.

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                          • What is the appropriate role for "basic" research relative to "applied" research in promoting long-term prosperity for the United States?

                            What relative roles should the federal government play in these different research realms? What elements of research should be left to the private sector? To what extent should US scientists engage in international collaboration, and how should that be funded?

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                            • 17 votes
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                              • International Research Collaboration

                                International collaboration in the scientific community has led to innovation and economic benefits. Would you approve a multi-billion dollar project in this pursuit? If you would approve such a project, how would you prevent situations similar to the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas from happening again?

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                                • How will you bridge the funding desert for mid-scale university projects?

                                  Many proposed university-based science projects fall in the $5-50M cost range, which can neither be supported by major instrument funding (which typically starts at $100M) or individual grant funding (which generally tops out at $1M). How would you propose to either change existing agencies (like NSF) or introduce new mechanisms to close this gap?

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                                  • What priority will you give to funding scientific research?

                                    What priority will you give to funding scientific research?

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                                    • How will your administration be different in regards to scientific policy?

                                      Scientific literacy, science education, and STEM programs are becoming an increasing focus in the United States and across the globe. However, the one consistent factor among previous administrations in regards to science has been public support, but then underhanded slashing of funding and budgets. How will your administration be different?

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                                      • Do you believe that without federally-funded basic research the iPhone would exist?

                                        Most of of basic elements that make iPhone possible were born out of federally-funded basic research. Without it, we wouldn't have integrated-circuits, GPS, networking, Siri, and a host of other technologies that we now take for granted. This drives a significant part of our GDP. As such what are your plans to support, reduce, augment such fundamental research?

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                                        • 12 votes
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