I read Barbara Spector's marvelous and informative article, "Does Scaling The Academic Ladder Always Mean Abandoning Research?" [The Scientist, Sept. 3, 1990, page 1]. Clearly, the interviews and comments of the subjects should provide hope, satisfaction, and guidance for many who are engaged in or are planning for dual careers. I truly believe that university administrators with experience and desire to maintain research activities should do so. Time is precious, but it can be managed. The quantity of activity may not be sustained, but the quality can be maintained.

I recently completed almost 12 years of service as a graduate dean and associate provost for research and was able to maintain grants and research laboratories. Postdoctoral colleagues and technicians were the mainstays of my day-to-day activities.

Frequent scheduled laboratory meetings, including luncheon periods, Saturday and Sunday excursions into the laboratory, periods of one or two weeks at the Marine Biological...

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