October 2, 2003
An article in the Detroit News, Congress receives science primer: Editors say lawmakers need help to analyze, distill baffling issues, cites Lord University Professor of ECE and EPP M. Granger Morgan and Professor of EPP and ECE Jon Pehas efforts to help lawmakers make informed choices. Morgan is also the Department Head of EPP and a Professor of the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.
According to the story on the two faculty: They see lawmakers making complex decisions on such complicated issues as energy transmission lines, space flight, anthrax attacks, fuel cells, stem cells, arms control and how much money to give various programs and doing it without an independent, organized way of getting up-to-date scientific information.
Prompted in part by a June 2001 conference on Congress and Science, the two researchers distributed a copy of "Science and Technology Advice for Congress," to every congressman. The publication, which they edited, is published by Resources for the Future.