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Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

PUBAFR 5600 / ENVENG 5600 introduces you to the interactions between science, engineering, and public policy in the United States and in the context of global concerns (e.g. climate change, competitiveness), presents how the federal government, universities, and corporations conduct and fund science and engineering, and explores how public sector interests and processes influence, and are influenced by, science, engineering, and public policy. Case studies devoted to the science, engineering, and policy of each of the University’s Discovery Themes help you apply policy analysis and developments in science and engineering to realworld needs. SPRING 2015
Professor Caroline Wagner has a new article published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. In the article, “International relations in the Social Sciences Citation Index: Is internationalization leading the Network?,” Wagner and her coauthors, Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam, and Han Woo Park, YeungNam University, examine the extent of international collaboration going on in science and asks whether the global system is now dominating the science agenda, taking away power from the national governments. » Click here to read more.
Professor Caroline Wagner is a co-author of a new study — “The European Union, China, and the United States in thetop-1% and top-10% layers of most-frequently cited publications: Competition and collaborations” — published in the Journal of Informetrics. The research was spurred by articles claiming the United States is losing ground in science, technology and innovation (STI). Wagner and her colleagues show this is not the case. While it is true China has greatly increased its output of STI articles, when examined by quality measures, China does not appear among the top producing countries of the world. However, the European Union and Switzerland have greatly improved the quality of their STI outputs. » Click here to read the article.
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scienceDr. Caroline Wagner, along with her international collaborative research team, studied the trends in scholarly publications throughout the world. While previous research showed that many European countries and China were forecast to out-produce the U.S. in number of publications (productivity)and the number of citations (quality), Wagner found that, at the high end, the United States’ researchers continue to be the most highly productive and produce the most highly cited publications. Though China produces massive amounts of scholarly publications, the research is not highly cited and falls below the top 1% of highly cited research articles. The European Union, on the other hand, has increased the number of top-cited research in the last decade, making some of its member states major forces in scholarly research. The research team also found through a network analysis that many of the highly cited publications had multiple co-authors, and research produced in the U.S., China and Europe are increasingly internationally co-authored.

Read "The European Union, China, and the United States in the top-1% and top-10% layers of most-frequently cited publications: Competition and collaborations" in the Journal of Informetrics.
science “Science Funding and Short-Term Economic Activity,” is in the latest issue of Science. In it, Julia Lane, Jason Owen-Smith, Rebecca Rosen, Lou Schwarz, Barbara McFadden Allen, Roy Weiss and Bruce Weinberg use STAR METRICS data for 9 of the Universities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation to describe the short run economic activity generated by Federal Science funding in terms of the workers employed on federal grants and the purchases of equipment and supplies. Their analysis of all expenditures supported by federal funding to these nine CIC institutions—monies from some 30 agencies—shows that the production of science is complex but eminently traceable. They document reliance on a wide variety of inputs including a heterogeneous mix of skills (embodied in numerous students, postdocs, and research staff), as well as diverse goods and services purchased locally, within the institution’s home state, and nationally. Their data provide the first detailed information about initial inputs to the publicly funded scientific enterprise and lay the foundation to trace subsequent results. » Click here to read the paper

"The Price of Big Science: Saturation or Abundance in Scientific Publishing?"

Policy and Complex Systems Volume 1, Issue 1 • Spring 2014
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"Innovation Goes Global"

Battelle Center Director Caroline Wagner has a letter published in the current edition of the magazine Science. Science is one of the leading journals of scientific research and commentary. » Click here to read Wagner’s letter “Innovation Goes Global”

Mapping Scientific Excellence

This web application visualizes scientific excellence worldwide in 17 subject areas. For each institution (university or research-focused institution), the estimated probabilities of (i) publishing highly cited papers (Best Paper Rate) or (ii) publishing in the most influential journals (Best Journal Rate) are shown. Follow this link to see the map.
Suggested Reading

Boardman's book Cooperative Research Centers and Technical Innovation: Government Policies, Industry Strategies, and Organizational Dynamics looks at the crucial management and evaluation challenges that accompany scientific and technical innovation in Cooperative Research Centers. Edited by: Craig Boardman, Denis Gray , Drew Rivers »Click here to buy »Learn more about the book
The Science of Science Policy
A Handbook
Edited by: Kaye Husbands Fealing, Julia I. Lane, John H. Marburger III, and Stephanie S. Shipp
Restoring the Innovative Edge Driving the Evolution of Science and Technology Author: Jerald Hage



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