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U.S. Research Universities Now Confront Fateful Choices

Wilson: Different Players Are Joining The Game Editor's Note: An article in The Scientist's Jan. 20, 1992, issue ("Radcliffe President Lambastes Competitiveness In Research," page 3), conveyed the views of Radcliffe College president Linda Wilson on the subject of scientific competitiveness. Wilson, a chemist and former vice president of research at the University of Michigan, had made her case during the course of a National Academy of Sciences meeting on the future of the United States resea

Linda Wilson
Wilson: Different Players Are Joining The Game
Editor's Note: An article in The Scientist's Jan. 20, 1992, issue ("Radcliffe President Lambastes Competitiveness In Research," page 3), conveyed the views of Radcliffe College president Linda Wilson on the subject of scientific competitiveness. Wilson, a chemist and former vice president of research at the University of Michigan, had made her case during the course of a National Academy of Sciences meeting on the future of the United States research university--in a formal address, in exchanges with colleagues during a subsequent panel discussion, and in comments made to former news editor Jeffrey Mervis.

As The Scientist reported, Wilson was critical of a research culture developed for centuries under the domination of white males; she declared that the era of "macho" science was over; and she strongly recommended creation of a research atmosphere more attractive and hospitable to women and minorities.

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