Science in the Public Service (C-3)


Science in the Public Service (C-3)


"In sum, we need a model where there is more scientific knowledge deployed across government, and more knowledge of government and public policy in our science and engineering communities."  - Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Creating innovation in science that benefits the community and helps to increase the publics’ safety and well-being demonstrates the importance of science in the public service.  More involvement of science in the public service can help to make the delivery of public goods and services more efficient. Every tax payer would welcome a public service with high quality delivery processes and products. A lot of research and development takes place in the expected areas, for example, medicine and space travel, but science in the public service also applies to environmental conservation and food safety.
The United States government has three major agencies mandated to endure food safety. They are: the Food and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the Center for Disease Control and Preservation. These agencies are responsible for setting food safety standards, conducting inspections, ensuring that standards are met and maintaining a strong enforcement program to induce compliance. Contemporary policy development supported by the three government agencies has been focused on preventative, rather than reactive measures. The Food and Drug Safety Modernization Act (2011), for example, aims to ensure that food is safe by working to prevent its contamination.
Methods being used to implement the Food and Drug Safety Modernization Act include greater collaboration between the experts and the field workers who do inspections to monitor safe food production processes. The emphasis is on food safety, rather on documenting noncompliance.

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Benjamin Franklyn as Scientist and Innovator
Benjamin Franklin is considered an American patriot and founding father, but his careers and influence took him much further. As a "man of science" Franklin is best known for his experiments with electricity, but his lifelong curiosity also led him…

ABO blood group system
The ABO blood group system is the most important blood type system (or blood group system) in human blood transfusion. It is widely credited to have been discovered by the Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner, who found three different blood types in…

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Finding a Cure for Huntington's Disease
For her groundbreaking work in the scientific and public arenas towards finding a cure for Huntington's disease and for increasing awareness of all genetic disease.
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Eileen Collins
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Louis Pasteur, Discoverer of Lifesaving Vaccines
Louis Pasteur (December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French His discoveries reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and he created the first vaccine for rabies and anthrax. His experiments supported the germ theory of disease….He is regarded…

Botanist and Inventor George Washington Carver 1864-1943
American Botanist and Inventor. Dr. George Washington Carver was born in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the United States' most famous agricultural scientists. He is best known for his research on peanuts and his commitment to…

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Inspecting a Candy Factory
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