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Activism: Federation of American Scientists

The Federation of American Scientists was founded in 1945 by atomic scientists from the Manhattan Project "...who felt that scientists, engineers and other innovators had an ethical obligation to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on critical national decisions, especially pertaining to the technology they unleashed...." The Federation, which includes 66 Nobel laureates on its board, is needed more than ever in the face of the dangerous anti-intellectualism of contemporary American culture. While continuing to pursue a wide range of research and education projects "in nuclear arms control and global security; conventional arms transfers; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; information technology for human health; and government information policy," it has lately turned its attention to "our country's critical challenges in housing, energy, and education." <>