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Report Finds Fault With NSF Oversight

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Science  14 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5537, pp. 1967-1969
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5537.1967b

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A mixture of relief, praise, and criticism greeted the publication last week of a much-anticipated report on support for astronomy in the United States. A panel of the National Academy of Sciences had argued strongly against merging the astronomy programs of NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF)-a possibility the White House had asked the academy to consider. But the panel has stirred up debate with recommendations to improve coordination of federal astronomy programs, while highlighting flaws in NSF support for the ground-based portion of the discipline.