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ERIC Number: ED047615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-2
Pages: 13
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The Outlook from Chemistry.
Cairns, T. L.
Solutions to many of the great problems facing society will be found through interdisciplinary research, and environmental problems are a prime target for such an approach. In tackling these problems, it would be a great mistake, however, to weaken the classical disciplinary departments. More than 60 new chemistry departments were created since 1960; in June 1969, these granted only 140 Ph.D.'s as opposed to the 1,800 Ph.D.'s granted by the earlier established, 125 departments. There seems to be no need for establishing new chemistry departments, except perhaps for geographical reasons. Chemistry faculty at 4-year institutions should be given more opportunity for leave, and technicians should be used in the conduct of research. In terms of the science curriculum, there is need for greater flexibility and for encouraging Ph.D.'s to develop greater awareness of peripheral fields. As for scientific manpower needs in industry, inflation and rising costs have forced a reduction in recruitment. Improved business conditions will change this picture. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Miami Beach, Florida, December 2, 1970