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What If the Science Pipeline Isn't Really Leaking?

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Science  20 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6092, pp. 280
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6092.280

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The metaphor of a leaky pipeline is a fixture in discussions of whether enough U.S. students are pursuing careers in science and engineering. And scholars have explored in great detail why so many who profess a passion for science lose that inclination as they move through the education system. However, a new book on the overall health of the U.S. scientific enterprise argues not only that the pipeline isn't leaky, but that it's the wrong metaphor.