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"Scientists and engineers need to be able to communicate about their work – to funders, to policy-makers, to journalists, to relatives and friends, and, of course, to each other. Today, more than ever, people with scientific expertise who can convey complicated ideas to a wide variety of audiences are in high demand! Indeed, the ability to communicate clearly and engagingly with the public has been critical to the success of many of the world’s most respected scientists and engineers."
I fully agree! This is taken from the description of the STS.034 seminar at http://web.mit.edu/sts/academic/subjects/sts034-fa12.html
I believe access to this or similar courses, for all science and engineering majors at MIT, should be actively encouraged, if not mandatory.
Science and technology play an increasingly active role in our society and MIT graduates should be able to engage with the public, explain the new developments, and why they are beneficial (or controversial). Subject-specific seminars can also be offered, e.g a course on bioethics for biologists. Again, such a course exists STS.006J Bioethics (http://student.mit.edu/catalog/search.cgi?search=STS.006) but, in my opinion, it should be included in the Biology curriculum.