Editor's Note: Nobel laureate Leon Lederman, director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory who is also a professor of science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, is perturbed about what he believes is a lack of zeal in the way top-level administrators at United States research universities are confronting a general decline in the fortunes of their institutions. Federal policies in the support of research and increasing administrative pressures are putting them at risk, Lederman maintains. He is concerned not only for the future of his own discipline, physics--which in the post- Cold War era has seen an effective decline in research funding as well as job opportunities--but also for the future of academic science in general. With the new and uncertain congressional mandate, he believes, the need for effective leadership of the research community is ever more pressing.

In June 1994, Lederman attended a symposium at the University...

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