Nurturing Young Scientists

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Science  20 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5994, pp. 884
DOI: 10.1126/science.1196350

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The United States National Academies has convened a blue-ribbon committee to recommend ways to keep research universities healthy.* It will be important for this panel, and for universities, to recognize the value of early career scientists—the transformative discoveries they will make and the students they will influence—as key to America's future. The good news is that federal and private funding for breakthrough research and innovative approaches in science education are growing for early career researchers. Now, universities must step up to the plate and create frameworks in which interdisciplinary research and synergistic teaching can thrive. Achieving these goals will require a fundamental cultural change.