Psychology is a science, not a philosophy, according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as they announced the winners of the 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Achievement Awards.
“We know that science can provide insights and insights that are rarely seen in the mainstream of scientific thought,” said the Academy’s president and CEO, Donald T. Luebbers, who is also the president and chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association.
“But there is a clear need for the scientific community to do more to engage with the public and the media to inform, educate and inform policymakers and the public at large about science,” Luebs said.
“As we move into the 21st century, we should always keep the public engaged by providing scientific information that is not always obvious and engaging in conversations with the media that is often not very well-received by the public,” Luesbs added.
“While science is not a political ideology, it is an important tool for our society and it can be used in ways that may not be seen today.”
“We have been in the public eye a long time and the news media has long been able to use science to inform the public, but that has not always been the case,” he added.
“Science is about information, and information is powerful.
It has the potential to be a powerful tool to change the world.”
The nominations were made in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to honor outstanding science teachers.
In its nomination statement, the NAS said, “As science is a scientific field, it has been recognized that it offers opportunities to educate, inform and inform policy makers and the general public, as well as the scientists who work in those fields.”
“The National Academy recognizes the contributions of science teachers, both nationally and internationally, in providing knowledge, skills, and perspectives to advance science and improve the lives of people across the country and around the world,” the NAS statement continued.
“The NAS recognizes that science education is an increasingly important tool in the hands of public policy makers to inform their thinking, inform policy decisions and inform the work of the scientific and technical communities.”
Science is a broad topic, with a range of disciplines, but its importance is clear, the academy says.
“There is a growing recognition that science is being used to improve the publics understanding of science, and that the public can be engaged and engaged in science, science education and science policy.”
“Science and public policy should not be confused,” the statement continued, adding that the Academy encourages its members to engage their memberships and share their thoughts on the subject through the organization’s newsletter and through the NSST’s Science and Public Policy Web page.
“If you think science education should be a key part of your career, join the NAS and the NSAA,” the organization said.
“We look forward to welcoming you to the Academy and your profession.”
The NAS, which is the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, is the primary source of scientific information for the U.S. government, academia, and the wider public.
It oversees and distributes the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) scientific and technological information, conducts scientific peer review, and disseminates scientific data to the public.