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July 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Maybe women just might not be interested STEM education

Why aren’t more women choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers? ["State needs to do more to get girls interested in STEM learning," Opinion, July 25]. Schools, the media and society are all promoting STEM for students, including girls. Even the workplace is friendly and accommodating with supportive policies, environments and good wages. And…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, engineering, mathematics

May 2, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Climate change: Don’t blur science and science policy

Michael Osbun / Op Art

It’s understandable why The Seattle Times published guest columnist Patrick Allitt’s piece about how we shouldn’t panic about climate change [“The rhetoric of catastrophe around climate change,” Opinion, April 27].

Allitt makes a seemingly levelheaded argument that science has pushed the panic button before about environmental and health issues, so here we go again — climate change is just another panic. Unfortunately, Allitt’s argument reflects


Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, Glenn Hampson, global warming

April 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Science as a frontier: Frontiers aren’t what they used to be

Leah Ceccarelli’s guest column “Stop calling science a ‘frontier’ ” [Opinion, April 6] regarding the language of science is very insightful and forward-thinking. Science is struggling to become more open and collaborative, and the word “frontier” doesn’t accurately reflect these efforts and sentiments. Yet the reality is that today and throughout history, innovation (of which…


Comments | More in Science | Topics: Glenn Hampson, Leah Ceccarelli, science

February 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Religion vs. science: It’s not so black and white

With her broad brush, syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters paints me and my fellow Christians to be either black or white on matters of science and religion [“In American politics, it’s still science vs. religion,” Opinion, Feb. 14]. Too bad Ann, but the Christian world is filled with all colors in between and is…


Comments | More in Christianity, Science | Topics: Ann McFeatters, Christianity, God

February 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Science vs. creationism: Losing the math and science race

Now that the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham is completed [“Bill Nye: Bible doesn’t tell Earth’s true history," Nation & World, Feb. 4], I find myself disturbed. I am not disturbed by the outcome and who won the debate, but rather due to Bill Nye’s inference based on a fictional narrative,…


Comments | More in Religion, Science | Topics: Bill Nye, creationism, Gary Ford

August 15, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Labeling genetically modified foods in Washington

Trusting scientists I can’t help thinking, as I read about whether we should label genetically modified foods, that the unacknowledged elephant in the room is trust. [“On voters’ plates: genetically engineered crops,” page one, Aug. 11.] The scientific community seems frustrated that the public is unwilling to trust the experts about the safety of genetically modified…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: food, genetically engineered crops, Genetically modified organisms

June 12, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Next Generation Science in schools

Invest in clean energy first How can we expect students to get excited about learning sciences when half our politicians deny the truth of the most significant scientific finding of all time? [“Let’s dazzle them with science,” Opinion, June 11.] We need to move investments into production of clean-energy technology like solar, wind, geothermal and efficiency,…


Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, schools, science

May 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

UW astronomer has faith in science and God

Scientists should be more open-minded Astronomer Eric Agol is agile enough to have faith in both science and a higher power, faith that this 13.6 billion-year-old universe, and everything in it, has an ultimate Source other than itself [“UW astronomer finds planet, keeps the faith,” page one, April 27]. Too bad only 51 percent of his…


Comments | Topics: God, planet, religion

April 29, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Study finds no STEM-graduate shortage

Need for STEM graduates is indisputable The Economic Policy Institute study presents a picture of America’s STEM-worker shortage and STEM-education crisis that is vastly different from authoritative research on this topic [“Study: Shortage of U.S. STEM graduates a myth,” Business, April 25]. Most researchers agree there are not enough qualified workers to fill currently vacant American jobs…


Comments | Topics: college, Economic Policy Institute, education

April 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

New planets could sustain human life

Our way of life may not be the only way of life Professor and astronomer Eric Agol deserves recognition from his colleaguesin the fields of astronomy and astrophysics for his discovery of two new planets [“NASA finds planet pair just right for life,” News, April 19]. His discoveries are described as “Earth-like,” with one having the…


Comments | Topics: astronomy, new planets, planet