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The Biocomplex World of Rita Colwell

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Science  25 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5385, pp. 1944-1947
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5385.1944

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In a discussion with Science, the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) new director, microbiologist Rita Colwell, outlines her views on topics ranging from environmental research to computer science and educating students as well as the public. She spoke passionately about the overemphasis on the Ph.D. as the gateway to a scientific career, the need to help research-poor states, and the need for greater collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, whose budget is four times larger than NSF's. And she has served notice on her political bosses that she won't sit idly by if a lame-duck Administration starts to ignore science.