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New science minister's activism sparks debate

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Science  05 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6410, pp. 14-15
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6410.14

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  • RE: New science minister's activism sparks debate

    Dear sir:
    It's not precise to indicate that "...most of Álvarez-Buylla's predecessors were career administrators-...". Among the last 13 CONACYT's directors we can find former President of National Polytechnique Institute, National Prize in Engineering and Master in Sciences from Harvard Eugenio Méndez Docurro. Also, Edmundo Flores Fernandez, a Master in Sciences from Winsconsin and former collaborator of the FAO; Manuel Ortega Ortega, an oustanding Biochemistry, graduated from MIT, and founder of the Department of Biochemistry at the National Center for Research and Advanced Studies. Or Gustavo Chapela Castañares, a Chemist graduated from Rice University and Imperial College, and José Enrique Villa Rivera, with a Ph.D. in Petrochemical Sciences from the French Petroleum Institute. The actual director, Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, has a Ph.D. in Science Management and has been a member of the National Researcher System in its highest level for many years. Several members in the academic community at Mexico are worried on the potential negative consequences of the ideas proposed by Álvarez-Buylla, which may affect several well established programs, aside that her work program has not been widely consulted with the scientific community.

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