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Science And The Next President

Inside the Bush, Dukakis camps: Science advisers are named, but most downplay their role, and their advice seems absent WASHINGTON—With the presidential election hardly more than four months off, U.S. scientists face the possibility of seeing the issues dearest to them ignored in the campaign. While economic and national security questions have been batted back and forth for months now, science policy has yet to be a major topic of discussion for either George Bush or Michael Dukakis.

Jeffrey Mervis

Inside the Bush, Dukakis camps: Science advisers are named, but most downplay their role, and their advice seems absent

WASHINGTON—With the presidential election hardly more than four months off, U.S. scientists face the possibility of seeing the issues dearest to them ignored in the campaign. While economic and national security questions have been batted back and forth for months now, science policy has yet to be a major topic of discussion for either George Bush or Michael Dukakis. Neither the Republican nor Democratic party front-runner has so far given a major speech-on any of the issues that most affect the country’s scientific health—for example, federal research funding, re pair of outmoded laboratories and crumbling buildings, insufficient interest by students in pursuing careers in science, the fate of the superconducting supercoilider, revitalizing space science, and ade quate support for AIDS research.

Although campaign advisers insist that their candidate is vitally interested...

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