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Bulmahn Is Bullish on Science Reforms

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Science  27 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5517, pp. 629-630
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5517.629

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BERLIN-- Edelgard Bulmahn has been a major force in German science and higher education since becoming research minister in 1998. She has proposed an overhaul of Germany's university rules--seeking merit pay and "junior professorships" that would free young scientists to pursue independent research--that has polarized the academic community. In a 9 April interview with Science in her Berlin office, Bulmahn discussed these and other topics in laying out her vision for German research.