Navigating the Maze - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128147108

Navigating the Maze

1st Edition

How Science and Technology Policies Shape America and the World

Authors: Michael Lubell
Paperback ISBN: 9780128147108
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st March 2019
Page Count: 350
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Navigating the Maze: How Science and Technology Policies Shape America and the World offers a thorough overview of the inner workings of the public policy world for future and current STEM professionals. Written by prominent former lobbyist and renowned physics researcher, Michael S. Lubell, this valuable handbook provides insight and real-world examples for students and scientists looking to understand how policy works in practice. Well-organized, and featuring valuable case studies from both international and domestic settings, this unique resource will enable researchers to navigate the complex policy world.

As science communication and STEM policy emerges as a growing area of interest and important career path for scientists, this guide is invaluable for understanding the field and to advocate for the advancement of science.

Key Features

  • Features valuable case studies covering the Manhattan Project, the Cancer Moonshot, the Human Genome, Climate Change, and more
  • Examines the practical outlook from a historical overview of science in the U.S., to the impact of S&T policy on STEM education, research and industry
  • Explores the global context for science competition, collaboration and diplomacy


Science and technology students with an interest in policy / STEM professors teaching courses in the subject; not likely to be as popular with Policy professors / majors dabbling in science policy and policy theory

Table of Contents

PART ONE: U.S. Domestic Context
1. Historical Perspectives
2. A close look at the intersections
3. Pasteur’s Quadrant and beyond
4. Nuts and bolts of S&T policy development
5. Case studies

PART TWO: International Context
6. Science globalization 
7. Tensions between competitiveness and collaboration
8. Imperatives for cooperation
9. Science diplomacy
10. An Uncertain Future


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About the Author

Michael Lubell

Michael S. Lubell earned his B.A. (1963) from Columbia University, and his M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from Yale University. He was a member of the Yale faculty from 1971 to 1980, where his academic activities included directing the Combined Sciences Program. He joined the Physics Department at CCNY in 1980, where he served as Department Chair from 1999 to 2006. He also served as Director of Public Affairs of The American Physical Society (APS) from 1994 to 2016. He has held fellowships from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst. He has also held concurrent positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Texas-Austin, the Santa Barbara (Kavli) Institute of Theoretical Physics and Universität Bielefeld. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his biography appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in American Education. Dr. Lubell's publications comprise more than 250 articles and abstracts in scientific journals and books covering subjects in the fields of high-energy physics, nuclear physics, atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, energy research and science policy. His use of polarized electrons to probe fundamental processes in atoms, nuclei and nucleons is internationally known. His science research interests now center on AMO studies of quantum chaos and simple molecular systems and energy efficiency. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate physics courses at Yale and CCNY, as well as a very popular introductory astronomy course and equally popular seminars on science, science policy and politics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physics, City College of the City University of New York (CCNY)

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