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Douglas's Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal published this May by University of Pittsburgh Press

Associate Professor Heather Douglas's Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal will be published in May 2009 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Congratulations Heather! For more information, follow this link to the University of Pittsburgh Press website.

Here are snippets from two recent reviews:

  • Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the role of values in science. She clearly articulates at least one way in which values do play a legitimate, though indirect, role in science (in risk assessment). She correctly diagnoses some important reasons why there is resistance to recognizing this, and makes it clear why acknowledging the role of values explicitly can be important for using science to make better policy decisions.”—Sharon Crasnow, Riverside Community College

  • “How to use science in the policymaking process is a pressing issue that affects our lives and the environment. Anything that can help us think about the issue more clearly is a plus. This book is a plus.”—Jeffry Ramsey, Smith College

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