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Beginning in September 2007, I'll be teaching a course called Science and State. It is part of the Master of Science in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy offered by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. I am also new in my role as the Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy housed at the Humphrey Institute.

In doing the job and preparing for teaching the class, I have had to think a great deal about the nature of the connections between science and technology on one hand and public policy on the other. I thought I should try out some of that thinking. It is important for civic debate and action in the United States that we talk more about how policymakers interact with scientists and engineers.

The Center is engaged in a wide variety of projects. I plan to write about those projects, the authors I'll be reading and the ideas I come across in in the course of advancing the practical application of ideas and solutions from the scientific and technological communities to solving public policy challenges.

My email is

The Center Web site is

Steve Kelley