Science policy leaders are applauding the findings of a Carnegie Commission task force that has called for establishing a new, nongovernmental "national forum" to develop long-term science and technology goals for the United States.

Frank Press, president of the National Academy of Sciences, says he hopes that steps can be taken quickly to implement the study group's recommendation that the forum be based within the NAS complex.

"The procedure will be for us to make a proposal to the Carnegie Corporation [the commission's parent entity] for establishing the forum, along the lines of their report, and developing the necessary funds to finance it.... I would say that the proposal would go forward within a month or two," Press says.

The forum--bringing together individuals from industry, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the interested public--was the principal recommendation set forth in a recent report by a task force of the Carnegie Commission on...

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