Science Community Praises White House Policy Report

Author: Barton Reppert
Date: August 22, 1994

Long-awaited `white paper' receives high grades from most observers, although some say it misses target.
A long-awaited White House report on United States science policy, released earlier this month, is drawing generally strong praise from key scientific and educational association leaders, as well as senior officials at several major universities. These observers view the document as a strong expression of the Clinton administration's commitment to scientific research and education as national priorities.

But some scientific and academic leaders, as well as members of Congress, have voiced reservations about the report, saying it lacks specifics on issues of research funding and the balance between basic and applied research.

In a joint statement, Bruce M. Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences; Kenneth I. Shine, president of the Institute of Medicine; and Robert M. White, president of...

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