Are We Graduating Too Many Atmospheric Scientists?

Are We Graduating Too Many Atmospheric Scientists? educational affairs Clifford F. Mass Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 1. Introductio n predicts that the current period "is likely to be vastly more consequential for the employment of scientists During the past few years, a number of articles in and engineers than any previous period of transition." both scientific journals and the popular press have Some observers of this scene ask whether Ameri- suggested that scientific disciplines ranging from can science should be reorganized for a period of physics to biotechnology are now faced with an ex- steady-state or even falling support. Clearly, funding cessive number of scientists. For example, the Wash- for science and other discretionary items in the fed- ington Post (25 December 1994) notes that while the eral budget will be increasingly constrained by the number of scientists has increased steadily over the rising costs of entitlements and interest on the national past several decades, federal funding of scientific re- debt, coupled with attempts to limit the size of the search has been flat (in constant dollars) since 1987. federal deficit. As this article was undergoing final David Goodstein, vice provost at the California Insti- revision (November 1995), the U.S. Congress http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

Are We Graduating Too Many Atmospheric Scientists?

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American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/1520-0477(1996)077<1255:EA>2.0.CO;2
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educational affairs Clifford F. Mass Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 1. Introductio n predicts that the current period "is likely to be vastly more consequential for the employment of scientists During the past few years, a number of articles in and engineers than any previous period of transition." both scientific journals and the popular press have Some observers of this scene ask whether Ameri- suggested that scientific disciplines ranging from can science should be reorganized for a period of physics to biotechnology are now faced with an ex- steady-state or even falling support. Clearly, funding cessive number of scientists. For example, the Wash- for science and other discretionary items in the fed- ington Post (25 December 1994) notes that while the eral budget will be increasingly constrained by the number of scientists has increased steadily over the rising costs of entitlements and interest on the national past several decades, federal funding of scientific re- debt, coupled with attempts to limit the size of the search has been flat (in constant dollars) since 1987. federal deficit. As this article was undergoing final David Goodstein, vice provost at the California Insti- revision (November 1995), the U.S. Congress

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Jun 26, 1996

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