[Comment on “Broad-based programs make the grade”] Broad-based program has many payoffs



“Broad-Based Geoscience Programs Make the Grade” [Eos, August 30,1994” gives a fair and balanced view. I write to add a supplement to my remarks there, which otherwise could give an impression that bachelor's degrees were a principal result of the merger that created our geoscience department. Apart from the fact that we always primarily emphasized graduate education—after as well as before the merger—I have often expressed the view that perhaps the most important result of the merger was the ability to attract interdisciplinary scientists to our broad-based department, who in most cases would not have felt comfortable in the traditional geology or meteorology department. This has many obvious payoffs, in research, education, and not least, visibility.