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Student Pugwash Confronts The Challenges Of Growth

With larger membership come questions of how the group can best serve the needs of its expanded constituency When approximately 40 undergraduate and graduate students meet this coming weekend on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh to discuss military and environmental security, they will be advancing the goals of a movement that has sprouted across the nation in recent years. The event is a regional conference sponsored by Student Pugwash USA, a society whose name is still

Barbara Spector


With larger membership come questions of how the group can best serve the needs of its expanded constituency
When approximately 40 undergraduate and graduate students meet this coming weekend on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh to discuss military and environmental security, they will be advancing the goals of a movement that has sprouted across the nation in recent years.

The event is a regional conference sponsored by Student Pugwash USA, a society whose name is still unfamiliar enough to bring giggles and questioning looks on many campuses, although the group has been in existence for more than a decade. Student Pugwash - a nonpartisan movement aimed at fostering an understanding of science's social and ethical dimensions - has quietly but steadily grown from a loosely organized community of individuals to an extensive network of chapters at universities and some high schools.

When it was launched in 1979, Student...

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