Robert Bazell

Robert Bazell is adjunct professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale. For 38 years, he was chief science and health correspondent for NBC News. 

Recent Articles

Science Under Siege

The Trump administration is undermining research in key areas, but the scientific enterprise continues within the government largely as it was—at least so far. 

This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . The HONEST Act may be one of the most perversely named pieces of legislation ever. Sponsored by Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee and one of the most fervent climate-science deniers in Congress, the acronym stands for Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment. Smith, who is retiring this year, attempted to get the legislation through Congress in the past two sessions. Both times, it barely passed the House and failed in the Senate. That would usually be the end of it, but in line with the Trump playbook, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, announced he would issue most of the “HONEST” agenda as a proposed rule retitled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The proposed “HONEST” rule sounds ever so reasonable. It would require that EPA’s scientific decisions...