The endeavors undertaken by Peyrets Goldmacher and the Association of Engineers and Scientists for New Americans (P. Goldmacher, "Let's Give Russian Scientists The Chance To Succeed--And Contribute--In The U.S.," The Scientist, Oct. 4, 1993, page 12) deserve further consideration. Despite Goldmacher's plea, the task of job hunting should be easy for them. This can be understood by looking at the refugees' U.S. counterparts, such as myself.

I am a product of an American academic institution imbued with only two centuries of scientific tradition, for even though Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the United States, ours is a young country. While English is my second language, I learned it at a young age and thus speak it without too much difficulty. This skill was put to good use by teaching physics at my alma mater, first as a graduate student and subsequently as a postdoctoral...

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