At an April 1 meeting in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government formally began the process of going out of business. The commission's five-year charter ends June 30.

The panel was convened in 1988 under the auspices of the Carnegie Corporation of New York to assess the ways in which policymakers take science and technology issues into account when making decisions. The blue-ribbon panel is cochaired by Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg, former president of Rockefeller University, and William T. Golden, chairman of the board of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, who formerly served as a special consultant on scientific activities to President Harry Truman.

Included among the members of the commission and its advisory council are some of the United States' most prominent scientists, Republican Gerald Ford); three former U.S. senators (Republicans Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. of Maryland and Daniel Evans of...

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