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U.S. Joins “Science Shop” Movement

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Science  02 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5275, pp. 572-573
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5275.572b


Amherst, Massachusetts—A slogan popularized by community activists—"Think globally, act locally"—can serve equally well for university-based scientists who want to use their knowledge to help their neighbors. That's the view of MIT-trained nuclear engineer and political scientist Richard Sclove. His model is a network of 50 public “science shops” in the Netherlands, university-based centers where community groups, public interest organizations, local governments, and labor unions can commission faculty and students to investigate societal concerns ranging from air pollution to teen alienation. Two weeks ago at Amherst College in western Massachusetts, Sclove gathered some 50 activists, scientists, and university officials who share his beliefs to lay down plans for a Community Research Network.

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