I was completing my New Year's desk cleaning and came across the commentary by Murray Saffran in the Sept. 30, 1996, issue of The Scientist ["Senior Scientists' Experience Can Offer A Valuable Resource To Today's Students," page 11]. I want to affirm Saffran's comments.

Through the years, I have had the pleasure of working with senior scientists. I have always referred to these individuals as gems. I started my position at Southern Illinois University in September 1995 and, for the first time in my career, there is not a senior scientist among my program colleagues. Saffran's commentary really brought this home to me. I miss having a gem around. Luckily, with E-mail and meetings, I do stay in touch with these gems. Thank you for expressing the beauty of gems so well.

Carol J. Boushey
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition
Southern Illinois...

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