ERIC Number: ED275541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Opportunities in Chemistry.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.
Because of the changes occurring in the chemical sciences, a new survey of chemistry and its intellectual and economic impact was clearly needed. This report presents a current assessment of the status of chemistry and of the future opportunities in the field. This analysis contains: (1) an introductory chapter (establishing the need for the study), (2) an executive summary synthesizing the findings, outlining priority areas, and offering specific recommendations and (3) chapters concerning the following topics: control of chemical reactions (examining new processes, products, and materials); molecular complexity (containing sections on food, health, biotechnology, intellectual frontiers, and instrumentation); chemistry and national well-being (addressing needs for a better environment, continued economic competitiveness, and increased national security); manpower and education (discussing the factors that determine the effectiveness of doctoral education); and resources for basic research (assessing the resources needed if the United States is to maintain a position of international leadership in chemistry). Several of the sections are introduced by a one-page vignette that presents in nontechnical languate a case history illustrating chemistry's usefulness. Appendices contain tables on chemistry in industry and a list of almost 400 individuals who contributed suggestions and information to the report. An index is included. (ML)
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Case Studies, Chemical Industry, Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Research and Development, Research Opportunities, Science and Society, Science Education, Science Interests, Scientific Enterprise, Scientific Research, Technological Advancement
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 ($18.50 paperback--ISBN-0-309-03594-5; $28.50 cloth--ISBN-0-309-03633-X).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.