NSF's mission is broad



The December 21, 1993, issue of Eos contains a Forum article written by Mark Chandler and Mark Hopper in which they “hope that NSF is careful not to break down the barriers at the entrance to science education while, at the same time, adding to or ignoring barriers that sit at the entrance to scientific careers in research and development.” The authors went on to express the opinion that “If more young people enter into scientific disciplines and there is not a corresponding increase in funding and/or job opportunities, very few of the new scientists will be capable of maintaining their careers once educated.”

I appreciate their comments, because they give me the opportunity to address the role colleges and universities and science education must play in our nation's future development.