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Science  21 Jun 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3834, pp. 1313-1318
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3834.1313


In summary then, the growing call from government for the universities to do applied research in the civilian sector has many disturbing elements. It asks the university to provide more policy advice. In addition, it calls upon the university to become an advocate for that policy research. One can hardly be a part of the university tradition in this country without being initially appalled. Yet the demand is clearly there and it is hard to disagree with Perkins when he says, "The University—as the most sophisticated and, let us hope, independent agency now at work advancing, transmitting and applying knowledge—has come too far to retreat before what may be its finest hour" (8, p. 24).

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