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FAS Science and Security Fund 

FAS is launching a new Science and Security Fund for three new innovative projects.

We need to raise $50,000 from now until Labor Day and need your help!

Surveys conducted in the United States reveal that Americans don’t have a firm grasp of scientific facts and concepts, nor do they have an understanding of the scientific process. With your generous support, FAS will continue its mission of educating future scientists and the public on urgent science and security threats with the following projects:

  • Security Scholars: The Security Scholars Program provides students with experience in science and security policy. FAS staff and members from government, academia and policy fields mentor scholars on collaborative and independent research. Through this partnership, scholars contribute to the ongoing security debate with reports, articles and blog posts for publications and website. This summer, FAS welcomes four scholars who will conduct research on cyber security, Brazil's uses of nuclear technology, Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and security challenges related to climate change.
  • "Up For Debate": The new FAS online debate series, "Up for Debate," will launch in July 2012. Experts and leaders from academia, government and policy will debate current science policy and security issues on the FAS website. These debates will allow readers to reach conclusions based on multiple arguments to each topic rather than just one point of view.
  • Capitol Hill Science and Technology Education Seminar Series: Ensuring that policymakers understand the implications of new breakthroughs in science and technology has always been a challenge. Meeting this challenge has become increasingly difficult given the acceleration of scientific breakthroughs in numerous areas, such as nuclear technology, artificial intelligence and biological sciences. This month, FAS launched a monthly educational seminar series featuring nonpartisan and unbiased subject matter experts who will educate congressional staffers on the rewards and risks posed by future breakthroughs in the science. The first briefing educated more than 40 congressional staff and analysts on the revolution in nuclear detection technologies, important for preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism.

To make a donation in support of the Science and Security Fund, click here.

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