Original article written by Janet Napolitano published in The World Economic Forum on October 14, 2015.

In this presidential election season, one thing is certain: candidates will rarely – if ever – be asked what they would do to keep the United States at the forefront of science and innovation. That’s a shame. The public dialogue about science is perhaps the most vital and most fraught national conversation not taking place in the US, and the ramifications are profound. Ultimately, the way we address science and innovation will determine what our children learn in school, what college graduates.

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