(The Scientist, Vol:7, #4, February 22, 1993)
To the extent that the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), established by the Bush administration, leaves any substantial legacy for the years ahead, it is likely to be identified as the major public policy questions presented in a 46-page report that was released less than a month before the administration left office.
The report, "Renewing the Promise: Research-Intensive Universities and the Nation," takes a hard look at "serious signs of stress" affecting the relationship of government, the public, and the United States' research universities.
PCAST members David Packard, chairman of the board of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co., and Harold T. Shapiro, president of Princeton University, said in a letter accompanying the report: "At the very least, we hope that the report will stimulate and contribute to a healthy public debate."
During his confirmation hearing January 26 before the...