Cleveland Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge has been named vice-chair of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, which oversees all programs at the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The subcommitee handles issues related to basic research, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, science policy and U.S. academic research, Fudge's office said.
"We have a very unique opportunity to elevate science once again," Fudge said in a press statement. "We have a White House and a Congress committed to affording scientists a platform to develop new innovation and technology for a more sustainable world. I am ready to work diligently for the residents of Ohio." (PD)
First, I am of the opinion Fudge is not even fit to be in the House. Second, I would have to ask what the hell kind of knowledge or expertise does Fudge have in this field. I would say most likely little - if any at all.
I believe Fudge, like many others, show their lack of knowledge in feeling that it is scientists who are the innovative minds behind new technology. Scientists may tell us the who, where, why and what about things - but it is engineers that make their ideas work. And many times long before scientists have it figured out...
Most people who aren't scientists or engineers seem to think that science and engineering are the same. They're not. Science seeks to understand the world as it is; only engineering can change it.
That's not what most high school teachers or even college professors tell their science students. But the truth is that full scientific understanding isn't always necessary for technological advancement. Take steam engines: They were pumping water out of mines long before a science of thermodynamics was developed to explain how they worked. The engines were what prompted researchers to look into the nature of steam power in the first place. More...