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Letter from the Editor

[ FROM THE EDITOR

Science, Public Trust, and CSICon 2016

The 2016 presidential election campaign—one of the most bizarre in American history—is finally over. It preoccupied people in this country and worldwide for months. Deep healing and a return to some semblance of civility are essential. Whether or not that can be achieved, there are now other issues demanding our attention. One that deserved discussion in the campaign but got almost none is our political leaders’ attitudes toward science. Science and technology affect at least half of all public issues, but instead of needed dispassionate and thoughtful discussion, the same polarization that vexes our political process has infected people’s attitudes about science.

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