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Trouble ahead for scientific research: “Research excellence through the year 2000—An analysis

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Job openings for new faculty in science and engineering are declining, and the outlook is expected to get worse before it gets better. The National Science Foundation asked the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study of this trend and its consequences, which resulted in the report, Research Excellence Through the Year 2000: The Importance of Maintaining a Flow of New Faculty into Academic Research (1979). This 136-page report (with 100 pages of appendices) builds a case for a new kind of support for university science. In so doing, it inadvertently raises more questions than it answers about the fundamental changes likely to take place in the ways American science will develop in the future.

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