This issue of The Scientist is clearly different from those of the past. The newspaper is growing, both expanding its range of features and sharpening its focus. The new look, new coverage, and new features are a direct response to your suggestions.

From its inception, The Scientist has kept you informed about important developments on the science policy scene. A glance at this issue will show that we are continuing our commitment to bring you incisive and timely reporting on policy decisions that affect your work. In this issue, we examine NSF’s engineering research centers. Many scientists and policymakers are questioning the effectiveness of these centers and the wisdom of proceeding with new science and technology centers.

In our News section, however, you’ll discover that we have broadened our reportorial reach with special coverage of research labs— university and industrial labs, as well as federal and nonprofit labs. What’s more,...

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