Exclusive: Interview with Senator John Edwards on Science-Related Topics

I have just posted the exclusive science interview with Sen. John Edwards on my blog.  

All the questions are related to science (and yes, it was not easy to cut down the number of questions and the length of each question - there is so much to ask) and they should be of interest to the readers of this blog: science education, global warming, energy, food production, space exploration and pandemic preparedness are some of the topics covered in the interview.

As I am not a journalist or an analyst who needs to preserve an appearance of 'balance', I have always been unabashedly open about my support for John Edwards, first in 1998 when he ran for the Senate (that was the first election I could vote in after becoming a US citizen), then in 2003/04 when he ran for President (and subsequently Vice-President), and finally now, as he is running for President again.  

Feel free to search my main blog (or my old blog) for his name and see what I have written in his support before.  

I have not been in the past, nor am I now, officially connected to the campaign (though I walk my dog in front of the Headquarters every day and say Hi to staffers I recognize), but I am a big fan.  And hey, we are neighbors - a few months after I moved from Raleigh to Chapel Hill, John and Elizabeth did the same.

As I'll be running to work (my brand new job) in a few minutes, I will not be able to hang around and moderate comments.  I hope you all stay civil and on topic - I know it is politics and trolls will come out of the woodwork, but ignore them and I will clean up the thread when I come back online tonight.

If you are interested in more details of Edwards' policy proposals related to science, technology, medicine and environment, check them out directly on the John Edwards campaign website and search the Issues and Press Releases.

But first, go read the interview.

Tags: Avian Flu, Education, Environment, Global Warming, John Edwards, Medicine, NASA, Science (all tags)



Re: Exclusive: Interview with Senator John Edwards

Real answers to real questions from a Presidential candidate who gets it.  Thanks for the link.

by benny06 2007-07-09 08:39AM | 0 recs
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Thanks for sharing

by faithfull 2007-07-09 12:17PM | 0 recs
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Nice interview.
As someone in the sciences, I could detect a few weak spots in JRE's answers.  Particularly when it comes the American brain drain, which can be rephrased as, "Americans don't want to be scientists, and the foreign studnets/PhD's are not coming/staying in as high numbers as they used to".

I'm glad to see science-centric interviews.  Please post future ones!

-Zen Blade

by Zen Blade 2007-07-09 01:04PM | 0 recs
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Edwards is clearly the candidate who thinks things through and speaks from the heart. I am proud of being a supporter.

by RDemocrat 2007-07-09 05:32PM | 0 recs
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Great interview.  Such a relief to read about a politician who understands the need for a good science policy and an intellectual climate for science and research.  

Thanks for doing the interview and posting.

by pioneer111 2007-07-09 08:13PM | 0 recs
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Edwards leads on all the issues - but not pole dancing.
But with the corporate media dumbing down Americans with 24/7 coverage of the glamor and glitter of Paris Hilton - do we really expect them to promote candidates with substantive policies and solutions?
by annefrank 2007-07-10 12:26PM | 0 recs
Science Interview with Senator John Edwards

As narrowly focised a topic as this is: I hope that Pres. Edwards does something about the corrupt stench emanating from our acedemic medical centers that has mis-used foreign visa programs and foreign students/researchers for the purposes of not only wage depression, but actually some of the best American bred scientists cannot even find a decent job becuase all of our fine doctors are exploiting this system.  Ask any 35-45 year old biomedical scientist...PhD not MD, what is going on.  It is much the way construction companies are exploiting illegal immigrant labor to depress wages in the construction, I mean DE-CONstruction industry.

by msnstd 2007-07-10 06:26PM | 0 recs
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Well, yes and no.

The thing to remember is that international PhD's (post-docs) that come to the USA to work tend to be more work-focused.  American PhD's are a much bigger mix.  Some are more family-focused, some are more work-focused.  International post-docs MUST be work-focused if they wish to stay.  

So, while some PI's do take advantage of the money system (hire the foreign PhD's for less), it isn't as simple as wage depression.  It also has to do with work output.  The question of family and work is a very serious one in academics and research.  There are good people who fall on both sides of the issue.

-Zen Blade

by Zen Blade 2007-07-11 04:44AM | 0 recs


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