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ERIC Number: EJ783446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-14
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Big Opportunities in Small Science
Dewey, T. Gregory
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n16 pB16 Dec 2007
A transformation is occurring that will have a major impact on how academic science is done and how scientists are trained. That transformation--driven by declining federal funds, as well as by the rising cost of technology and the need for costly, labor-intensive interdisciplinary approaches--is from small science to big science. It is concentrating resources in top-tier research universities, and academic scientists at other institutions are finding it harder to do research themselves and to involve their students in it. Small science is a single investigator working within the confines of his or her designated lab space, developing an independent research program. To succeed in academe, such an investigator must not only do innovative and creative work but must also win grants to support his or her work. Big science, on the other hand, is a large project with many investigators, often involving advanced technology in a central location. Small science is important not only because it allows younger researchers to do important work outside the agenda of a senior investigator. It also permits scientific creativity to flourish outside the small group of major research centers. It is a great way to educate science students--both undergraduate and graduate--as it enables them to establish a close relationship with a faculty adviser and to work with that researcher on significant problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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