Release Date: August 31, 2005 | Last Updated Date: February 25, 2015
Release date: August, 2005
Bruce Alberts, the president of the National Academy of Sciences, said in his 2005 President’s Address that “it is irrational for a government anywhere to make decisions without sound scientific advice.” Understanding the societal benefits derived from science, which extend far beyond the obvious, is crucial for effective governing and planning. And yet, as President Alberts notes, many of the 50 states seem to be no better off than developing nations in their ability to harness science advice. California is the fortunate exception.