The Future of Science in America: The Election Issue

     Published in October 2020, The Future of Science in America: The Election Issue offers wide-ranging perspectives on challenges and opportunities for science as we elect our next national and local leaders. We hope readers of various ages, races, and ideologies will discover how science can be a universal framework for understanding and solving shared problems, and how diverse stakeholders can ensure America stays a global frontrunner.
     The magazine explores convergences of science, politics, policy, and the election through 15 lenses: SCIENTISTS, PUBLIC OPINION, GOVERNMENT, TELEVISION, IMMIGRANTS, RACIAL EQUITY, EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, VOTERS, EXPERTS, SOCIAL MEDIA, YOUTH, SUPREME COURT, NAVAJO NATION, and CIVIC SCIENCE.
     The magazine is a collaboration among the Aspen Institute Science & Society Programthe science outlet leapsmag, and the impact and engagement company GOOD, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation.

  1. SCIENTISTS:
      Award-Winning Scientists Offer Advice to the Next President of the United States
  2. PUBLIC OPINION:
      National Survey Reveals Americans’ Most Important Scientific Priorities

  3. GOVERNMENT:
      The Nation’s Science and Health Agencies Face a Credibility Crisis: Can Their Reputations Be Restored?

  4. TELEVISION:
      To Make Science Appealing, We Need a Sesame Street for Adults
  5. IMMIGRANTS:
      Immigrant Scientists—and America’s Edge—Face a Moment of Truth This Election
  6. RACIAL JUSTICE:
      Democratize the White Coat by Honoring Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Science
  7. EDUCATION:
      I’m a Black, Genderqueer Medical Student: Here’s My Hard-Won Wisdom for Students and Educational Institutions
  8. TECHNOLOGY:
      “Deep Fake” Video Technology is Advancing Faster Than Our Policies Can Keep Up
  9. VOTERS:
      Mind the (Vote) Gap: Can We Get More STEM Students to the Polls?
  10. EXPERTS:
      Who Qualifies as an “Expert” and How Can We Decide Who Is Trustworthy?
  11. SOCIAL MEDIA:
      Why Your Brain Falls for Misinformation—And How to Avoid It
  12. VOTERS:
      Youth Climate Activists Expand Their Focus and Collaborate to Get Out the Vote
  13. SUPREME COURT:
      Abortions Before Fetal Viability are Legal: Might Science and a Change on the Supreme Court Undermine That?
  14. NAVAJO NATION:
      An Environmental Scientist and an Educator Highlight Navajo Efforts to Balance Tradition with Scientific Priorities
  15. CIVIC SCIENCE:
      Want to Strengthen American Democracy? The Science of Collaboration Can Help