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Alan I. Marcus is the author of The Future Is Now: Science and Technology Policy Within the United States Since 1950 (Prometheus), Building Western Civilization: From the Advent of Writing to the Age of Steam (Thomson), Cancer From Beef: The DES Controversy, Federal Food Regulation and Consumer Confidence in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press), Plague of Strangers: Social Groups and the Origins of City Services in Cincinnati, 1819-1870 (Ohio State University Press), and Agricultural Science and the Quest for Legitimacy: Farmers, Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, 1870-1890 (Iowa State University Press), and co-author of Technology in America: A Brief History. A third edition of Technology in America (Palgrave MacMillan) is forthcoming. Marcus has completed a book long draft of a history of cancer research in the age of bacteriology and is editing volumes on the history of land-grant universities in the United States.

The Future Is Now: Science and Technology Policy in America Since 1950

Marcus, Alan I.
Publisher: Humanity Books
ISBN: 1591024722
Collaborators: Amy Sue Bix

Since the creation of the National Science foundation in 1950, the federal government has acknowledged and supported the centrality of science and technology to the global competitiveness of the United States. In this important work, historians Alan I Marcus and Amy Sue Bix present illuminating case studies that highlight crucial policy patterns, shifts in emphasis, and debates over future directions of US science and technology policy.
One major theme that emerges from these studies is that universities quickly became the main vehicles through which national science and technology policy was developed. As universities became involved in implementing federal policy, their role as educational institutions inevitably changed.

Other themes include the effect of gender and minority concerns on policy, as well as the application of social science to selecting research agendas and technology initiatives.

Marcus and Bix’s revealing analysis corrects the misperception that federal science and technology policy is solely concerned with defense. They demonstrate that biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, and information science have also become potent policy choices in recent years, impacting such diverse areas of society as medicine, agriculture, energy use, economic trends, and homeland security.

Containing a wealth of information and insightful analysis, this comprehensive chronological study will be especially useful for undergraduate readers, while offering much to graduate students and established scholars.

Marcus, Alan I. "Chemistry Under The Morrill Act: Agency Through Service" Bulletin for the History of Chemistry (2013):
Marcus, Alan I. "Bill Clinton in Arkansas: Generational Politics, The Technology of the Political Communication and the Permanent Campaign" The Historian 72.2 (2010): 354-385.
Marcus, Alan I. "Would You Like Fries With That, Sir: The Evolution of Management Theories and the Rise and Fall of Total Quality Management Within American Federal Government" Management and Organizational History 3.3 (2008): 311-338.
Marcus, Alan I. "If All the World Were Mechanics and Farmers: American Democracy and the Formative Years of Land-Grant Colleges" Ohio Valley History 5.1 (2005): 23-37.