Jeff Mervis
Jeff Mervis. Photo by American Association for the Advancement of Science. All rights reserved.

The change of administrations in the United States was only 6 months ago but seems like much longer. Many things have changed in Washington with regard to science policy and the new administration’s orientation to science. Jeffrey Mervis, senior correspondent at Science magazine, talks with podcast host Michael Clarke about what has changed, what has not changed, and the implications of it all for science.

This interview was recorded on July 6, 2017.

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Introduction (0:00)
Background on what has been going on with the podcast (0:51)
Is there a “war on science”? (2:49)
Scientific expertise in the current administration (4:23)
Revival of the National Space Council and its purpose (12:07)
Science and the 2018 budget (15:07)
Potential caps in federal grants for indirect cost recovery (20:10)
STEM eduction and training in the 2018 budget (26:30)
Ideas related to science in the new administration (29:27)
The March for Science (32:54)
Alternative strategies for advocating for science (36:00)
Conclusion (37:42)

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke is President at Clarke & Company, a boutique consulting firm focusing on professional publishing and working at the intersection of content, technology, and business.

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2 Thoughts on "The Scholarly Kitchen Podcast Episode 23: Jeffrey Mervis on the State of Science in the Trump Administration"

The decline of NASA is a long one that predates (and continued through) the Obama administration. There is no sign as yet of that trajectory reversing with the current administration. A history of NASA is a good topic but it is not the topic of this podcast.

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