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ERIC Number: ED368323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Our University in the State: The Sciences.
Ehrlich, Thomas
This publication is an extended essay by the president of Indiana University on the impact of the sciences at Indiana University (IU) and beyond. In several sections it addresses the nature of discovery, science and society, the research university, and learning and teaching. The essay often refers to past and present IU faculty in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, and physics. The section on discovery explores the importance of careful study and work to lay the foundations for discovery and creative insight. In the section on science and society, the importance of research in areas of no immediate commercial benefit is stressed. In discussing the research university, the essay notes the key role such institutions play and argues for a commitment to the process of knowledge rather than its products. In the section on teaching and learning, the thoughts of some IU teachers are shared and an argument is made regarding the great teachers who, it is noted, are nearly always great learners dedicated to increasing human knowledge. A final section is on the future and looks at the financial challenges to institutions like IU, the importance of combining public and private funding, of increasing undergraduate opportunities to do research, and of participation in efforts to support and improve science education from elementary grades through higher education. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.