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John Marburger Is Back ...

... in the Washington wonkery world, at least. He's giving a speech at the end of this month on injecting some science into the tumultuous, politics-infused process of making science policy.

Details after the jump.

Why does our government spend eight to 10 times as much money for health research versus physical sciences? Lawmakers aren't following any formula, and Marburger thinks rational analysis and quantitative tools should be used to decide how to support scientific research, not just politics.

Marburger's concern about this led the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation to create what he called the Science of Science Policy initiative. It's a good start to build a discipline that still barely exists.

George Washington University is sponsoring the speech.