Mackinac Center Launches New Science Magazine

Publication focuses on scientific issues facing voters and lawmakers

For Immediate Release

Diane S. Katz, director of science, environment and technology policy
Phone: 313-378-6986

MIDLAND — The premier issue of MichiganScience, a quarterly magazine that explores science-related policy matters, was released today by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and education institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.

"MichiganScience helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers," said Diane S. Katz, the Center’s director of science, environment and technology policy. "Informed policy choices require a basic understanding of scientific questions, not just political ones."

The debut issue of the high-gloss, four-color magazine features an examination of the environmental trade-offs of renewable energy; the latest findings on the quality of Michigan’s air, water and forests; and guidelines for interpreting science news. Also included are a list of scientific exhibits open to students, families and teachers; a forecast of legislative and regulatory actions; and the work of award-winning cartoonist Henry Payne.

The content of MichiganScience is reviewed by the Mackinac Center Science Board of Advisors, which is composed of scholars and researchers from various scientific disciplines. The magazine is available free of charge to members of the media and is being distributed to all Michigan legislators and their staffs; state agency personnel; educators; libraries; civic organizations; and science museum boards of directors. The premier issue of MichiganScience can be viewed at