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Gibbons Joins Effort to Boost Science at State

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Science  15 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5439, pp. 391
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5439.391b

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The State Department now has a 12-step self-help plan for producing science-savvy diplomats. A National Academy of Sciences panel last week sent Secretary of State Madeline Albright a dozen recommendations for rebuilding her department's depleted expertise in science, technology, and health. But while top diplomats welcome the ideas in the new report--and have asked former White House science advisor Jack Gibbons to help put them into practice--they say a budget crunch could slow progress.