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Robert Frodeman Joins the Center

Robert Frodeman joins the Center as a Research Scientist. Bob specializes in environmental philosophy, the philosophy of technology, and the philosophy of science policy. His training includes a BA in history, an MS in the Earth sciences, and a PhD in philosophy (from Penn State). He has held positions at the University of Texas and the University of Tennessee, and has consulted for the US Geological Survey for the last nine years. In 2001-2002 Bob was the Hennebach Professor of the Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines, where he launched the New Directions Initiative, which has now relocated to the Center.

Bob is one of the principals of the Flatirons Outdoor Classroom Project, a project at Flatirons Elementary in Boulder, Colorado, that consists of the creation of an interdisciplinary outdoor learning environment combining elements of science, art, social studies, and the humanities. The project has two parts. Part 1 focuses on the creation of an outdoor classroom space made up of the four elements listed above. Part 2 proposes the development of simultaneous and ongoing school curriculum projects to make full use of this unique space.

Bob also directs the Center's Global Climate Change and Society Program, where students explore the nature of scientific knowledge and the contribution that social scientific and humanistic perspectives play in public policy debates. He is the editor of Earth Matters: the Earth Sciences, Philosophy, and the Claims of Community, co-editor of the forthcoming set of essays Nature Revisited, and author of the forthcoming Geo-Logic: Breaking Ground between Philosophy and the Earth Sciences.

Center 2001-2002 Annual Report is Now Available

The Center recently issued its 2001-2002 Annual Report, which summarizes the Center’s accomplishments in its first year of operations. The report discusses the Center’s research projects, educational opportunities, and outreach efforts, as well as presents highlights for all Center staff members. The report also includes the Center’s Program Plan and By-Laws.

The Annual Report is available online in pdf format. Contact Ami Nacu-Schmidt at ami@cires.colorado.edu if you would like to have a hard copy version mailed to you.

The Center for Science, Policy, & Outcomes Request for Proposals

The Program Committee of the Research Symposium with the Next Generation of Leaders in Science and Technology Policy requests proposals for papers from scholars and practitioners who have either received their PhD (or other terminal degree) no earlier than 1995 or who have completed all degree requirements with the exception of a thesis (ABD or equivalent).

The Research Symposium, to be held in Washington, DC on 22-23 November 2002, is funded by the National Science Foundation (award number SES-0135170). It is a collaborative project of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and the Center for Science, Policy, & Outcomes (CSPO) of Columbia University, and co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The Research Symposium will address eight theme tracks in science and technology policy:

  1. new history of science and technology policy;
  2. R&D program analysis and evaluation;
  3. expertise, advice, assessment, and evaluation;
  4. science, technology, and human needs and values;
  5. science, technology, and international issues;
  6. science education, human resources, and workforce;
  7. science and technology policy institutions and processes; and
  8. science, technology, and the public.

Authors whose proposals are accepted will receive travel funding to attend the workshop and will be given an honorarium of $750 upon presentation of a completed paper, to be published in a multi-authored volume from the Research Symposium. Senior scholars and practitioners will be invited to serve as discussants.

The purpose of the Research Symposium is to:

  1. introduce the members of this "next generation" to each other, forging intellectual and social links that will persist over time;
  2. introduce the "next generation" to more senior scholars and practitioners, subjecting new thinking to the discipline of experience and practice, and informing traditional perspectives and practice with fresh research and styles of analysis;
  3. create a more coherent agenda among this "next generation" that represents both sound scholarship and relevant research; and
  4. collect and disseminate the scholarship of this "next generation" group for a wider audience to appreciate.


Program Committee co-chairs Guston and Sarewitz will edit a multi-authored volume, to be submitted for publication to Columbia University Press for its new series "The Transforming Force: Science and the Making of the Future" (series editors Barry Bozeman and Richard Rhodes). The volume may also include the work of alternates or others.

The Center for Science, Policy, & Outcomes will maintain a website for the project.


David H. Guston
Associate Professor and Director Program in Public Policy
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1980

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This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SES-0135170. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Stanford Energy Modeling Forum

Center Research Affiliate Subhrendu Gangopadhyay gave a talk at the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum (EMF)’s annual meeting in Snowmass, Colorado on August 5th, 2002, entitled “Climate Change Implications for Ground Water Systems.”

The Energy Modeling Forum was established in 1976 to provide a structured forum within which energy experts from government, industry, universities, and other research organizations could meet to study important energy and environmental issues of common interest