Grand Challenges and Great Opportunities in Science, Technology, and Public Policy

  title={Grand Challenges and Great Opportunities in Science, Technology, and Public Policy},
  author={Gilbert S. Omenn},
  pages={1696 - 1704}
  • G. Omenn
  • Published 15 December 2006
  • Education
  • Science
Gilbert Ommen, AAAS President, explains how identification of "grand challenges" in science and at the intersection of science and society can accelerate progress for the good of the planet. 

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