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Bahrain Hands Down Sentences to Accused Medics
Science Insider, June 14, 2012
International observers are reacting with a mix of relief and anger at the final verdict announced today in Bahrain's highest court in the case of 20 medics accused of fomenting revolution in the Persian Gulf state. While most of the charges were dropped.…
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Scholars Group Asks Bahrain's King to Release Imprisoned Medics
Science Insider, June 7, 2012
With just a week left in the appeal process for 20 medics who were arrested, allegedly tortured, and sentenced to lengthy prison sentences during the political uprising in Bahrain, an international group of  scientists, engineers, and doctors is speaking up on their behalf…
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Bahrain and Syria Jail Medical Workers to Undermine Protests
Nature News Blog, June 14, 2012
Bahrain and Syria are imprisoning doctors for treating wounded anti-regime protesters, a tactic that aims at extinguishing medical neutrality in order to undermine anti-regime protests, the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies has warned…
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report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (2007)
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Rising2Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 (2010)
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The Government Must Make a Serious Investment in Higher Education
Huffington Post, May 11, 2012
The National Academy of Sciences reports that in order to stay economically competitive, we need to educate more people in these critical areas and tap the talents of communities, such as women and minority students, who are historically less likely to...
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Video: Norman Augustine on the STEM Crisis

U.S. News & World Report, June 22, 2012
Augustine rang alarm bells in 2005 with the publication of Rising Above the Gathering Storm, a paper by the National Academy of Sciences that said if the...
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USAID, Science Foundation Support Developing World Research

IIP Digital, May 3, 2012
The National Academy of Sciences convened review panels of topical experts to evaluate nearly 500 applications from 63 developing countries. Among these, 41 projects from 25 countries were selected based on scientific merit, projected development impact…
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Africa: USAID, Science Foundation Support Developing World Research
allAfrica.com, May 3, 2012
The competitive grants were awarded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, funded by USAID and administered by the National Academy of Sciences in coordination with the NSF...
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Minority CrossroadsExpanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011)
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Grant Funds STEM Program for American Indian, Hispanic Youth

UA News, May 4, 2012
The National Academies Press's "Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroad," which was...
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The 100 Most Influential People in the World:  Freeman Hrabowski, Educator
Time.com, May 18, 2012
Now, as an adviser to the National Academies, he's devoted to helping others succeed, in school and beyond...
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reportAcademies Statements on Water and Energy Needs, Resilience to Natural Disasters, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (1994)
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Nuclear proliferation: Time to Bury Plutonium

Nature.com, May 9, 2012
As observed in a report 2 by the US National Academy of Sciences in 1994, this material is “a clear and present danger to national and international security”. Yet, almost two decades later, programmes to dispose of it are in disarray…
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Science Eng and MedicineGlobal Science Academies Statements on Water and Energy Needs, Resilience to Natural Disasters, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2012)
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'Save the Planet', Science Leaders Urge G8 Governments

BBC, May 11, 2012
According to Dr Michael Clegg of the US National Academy of Sciences: "In the long term, the pressing concerns are managing the environment in a way that assures that future generations have a quality of life that's at least as equivalent to the quality of life we enjoy today."
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reportStrengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009)
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Justice Department Should 'Step Up' on Flawed Forensic Evidence

Huffington Post, May 18, 2012
In addition, Congress must act to address the concerns raised by the National Academy of Sciences about the integrity and reliability of forensic evidence. The American people have a right to expect that the forensic scientists on whom federal...
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reportWorkforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine (Prepublication 2012)
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Study: No Widespread Shortage of Veterinarians

The VIN News Service, May 30, 2012
The National Research Council of the National Academies released a book-length report today highlighting the job market for veterinarians as well as challenges facing academia, agriculture and public health sectors…
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                                          the Future of America ReportResearch Universities and the Future of America:
Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security (2012)

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America Must Invest in Research Universities — or Get Left Behind
The Week, June 5, 2012
Next week, on June 14, the National Research Council will release a report entitled "Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security." This report will present the actions that...
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NRC Report on Research Universities Scheduled for Release on June 14
APLU, June 6, 2012
A follow-up to landmark Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, this new report is expected examine the health and competitiveness of the nation’s research universities and their strong partnership with government and industry that is critical to prosperity and national goals…
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Holliday: Gathering Storm on Research Universities, Bloomberg TV

Bloomberg TV, June 14, 2012
Bank of America chairman and Chair, Committee on Research Universities Chad Holliday speaks with Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker about his innovation initiative. Holliday is leading a push for partnerships between corporations and universities to continue engineering and math success…
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Universities Should be Leaner Research Machines, say National Academies
Nature News Blog, June 14, 2012
America’s research universities need to give more bang for their buck. So says a report released today by the US National Academies that suggests universities take steps to become more efficient and productive, such as streamlining their laboratories…
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Lessons for U.S. but also for Canada in Report on U.S. Universities
McGill, June 14, 2012
A report issued today by the National Research Council (NRC), the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, in Washington, provides valuable reference points for Canada, says McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum…
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What the Doctor May Not Be Telling You
Science Insider, June 14, 2012
U.S. research universities need almost $100 billion in new federal support over the next decade to remain the best in the world, according to a report released today by the National Academies. The report, requested by Congress…
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Nation's Research Universities Are Offered Hope of Fatter Budgets—at a Price
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 14, 2012
A report on the study, coordinated by the National Research Council at the request of four Democratic and Republican lawmakers, begins by affirming a widespread sense that years of steep budget cuts at the state and federal levels are endangering American research universities' global pre-eminence…
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Report: U.S. Must Fund Research Centers
UPI.com, June 14, 2012
The report by the National Research Council said research institutions, essential for U.S. prosperity and security, face critical financial challenges that threaten to erode the quality of research and education these universities can provide…
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For Future Prosperity, US Should Strengthen Efforts to Maintain World-Class Research Universities
Science Codex, June 14, 2012
American research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, but the institutions are in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states, and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade, says a new report by the National Research Council
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Research Universities Essential for U.S. Prosperity, Security
My Science, June 14, 2012
America’s research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, but in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade, according to a report issued June 14 by the National Research Council
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Report: U.S. Must Intensify Efforts To Maintain World-Class Research Universities
UVA Today, June 14, 2012
It recommends 10 strategic actions the nation should take in the next five to 10 years to maintain top-quality U.S. research institutions. The report builds upon "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a landmark Academies' study on U.S. competitiveness…
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U.S. Should Strengthen Support of Research Universities, Report Says
University of Michigan Record Update, June 14, 2012
A new report issued Thursday in Washington, D.C., by the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, also says universities must meet "bold goals" to contain costs, enhance productivity and improve educational pathways to careers both within and beyond academia…
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Superconductivity Pioneer Member of National Research Council Committee on Universities
University of Houston News & Events, June 14, 2012
University of Houston superconductivity pioneer Paul Chu served on a National Research Council blue-ribbon committee that released a report Thursday regarding the critical role research universities play in maintaining the nation’s competitive edge globally…
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New Report Co-authored by Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Stresses Need to Maintain Top-Quality US Research Institutions
University of Texas System News Release, June 14, 2012
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., participated in the National Research Council Committee on Research Universities’ panel today (June 14) to discuss a new report on the future of U.S. academic research…
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NRC Report on Research Universities
University of Washington Federal Relations, June 14, 2012
This morning the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Research Universities released the long anticipated 220-page report:  Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security…
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Universities Feel the Heat Amid Cuts
The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012
U.S. research universities "are in grave danger of not only losing their place of global leadership but of serious erosion in quality," the committee of 22 academic, business and nonprofit leaders warned in a 250-page report issued Thursday by the National Research Council. The report, commissioned by Congress…
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How to Stay on Top
Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2012
At a time when federal and state politicians seem happy to cut and reluctant or unable to increase spending on higher education, a long-awaited report from the National Research Council, the policy arm of the National Academies, argues that the country cannot maintain its position as a leader in research without sustained investment in its public and private universities…
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GUEST COMMENTARY: Deaton Responds to National Research Council Report
Missourian, June 15, 2012
This report issues both a wake-up call about the alarming direction of higher education due to financial exigencies and a sound remedy to change course. Indeed, the council's report offers real hope for revitalizing public higher education's dynamic role in our society by offering a financial model of shared responsibility among citizens, business, government and philanthropic organizations…
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US Urged to Strengthen Efforts to Maintain World-Class Research Universities
China Daily, June 15, 2012
  American research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security, but the institutions are in danger of serious decline unless the federal government, states, and industry take action to ensure adequate, stable funding in the next decade, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. National Research Council
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On the Failure of Legacy Governance at the University of Virginia
Global Higher Ed, June 15, 2012
Second, can the United States as a whole afford the kind of inept governance being demonstrated in Virginia right now? Interestingly, a new report Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security was issued yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences
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U.Va. Faculty Leaders: No Confidence in Board, Rector
Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 15, 2012
Meanwhile, Sullivan spent the day in Washington for the National Research Council's release of a report titled Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security…
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NRC Issues Report on Research Universities and the Future of America
AAMC, June 15, 2012
The NRC panel reported, “American research universities are essential for U.S. prosperity and security…The panel further reported that, “As trusted stewards of public funds, universities must also meet ‘bold goals’ to contain costs, enhance productivity, and improve educational pathways to careers both within and beyond academia.”…
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Stanford President John Hennessy and Other Leaders say Strong Research Universities Key to U.S. Prosperity
Stanford University News, June 15, 2012
A group of CEOs, thought leaders and university presidents – including Stanford's John Hennessy – outlined its recommendations in a new report released Thursday by the National Research Council
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NRC Report on Research Universities and the Future of America
University of California, Berkeley, June 15, 2012
This report was requested by Congress to assess the competitive position of  U.S. research universities and to respond to the question: “What are the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others can take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century?”…
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Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security
William & Mary Government Information, June 15, 2012
Argues that research universities are essential to America’s future but are in danger of serious decline unless private and public support provides more stable funding in the next decade. From the National Research Council
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NRC Pushes Investment in U.S. Research Universities
Education Week, June 18, 2012
If the United States is to remain globally competitive, a new report from the National Research Council says more public dollars need to flow into the country's research universities and institutions should become more efficient…
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National Academies’ Report Calls for Cyberinfrastructure Investment
Computing Community Consortium Blog, June 18, 2012
The report went on to identify 10 actions designed to revitalize university research and speed its translation into innovative products and services, streamline and improve productivity of research operations within universities, and build a pipeline of future talent in science, engineering, and other research areas...
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How to Save Research Universities
Bio Techniques, June 18, 2012
Other countries are threatening US leadership in research and unless that shift is stemmed, the US will face grave economic consequences, according to a new report released by the National Research Council
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Week in Review, or Reviewing Research Universities
New Science Policy, June 18, 2012
The National Academies released their much-anticipated report “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security” last week in a public briefing at their headquarters in Washington, DC.  The report, requested by Congress and overseen by an all-star committee of university and industry leaders…
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National Research Council Report Underscores WVU's Direction, Leaders Say
WVU Today, June 18, 2012
A report from the National Research Council on the importance research universities play in protecting the nation’s prosperity and security reinforces and supports the direction West Virginia University is headed, its leaders say, as well as underscores concerns the University has been voicing…
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Council on Competitiveness Applauds National Research Council Report on Research Universities
Council on Competitiveness, June 18, 2012
The Council on Competiveness congratulates the National Research Council (NRC) for its report, Research Universities and the Future of America. The report responds to a provision of the America COMPETES Act asking for the top ten actions that government, universities, and others can do to help the United States compete and prosper.…
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US Urged to Invest in its Research Universities
Chemistry World, June 19, 2012
The report from the NRC, the working group of the US National Academies, offers 10 recommendations to implement over the next five to 10 years to help the US maintain top-quality research institutions and thrive economically. …
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Strong Universities are Vital to America’s Prosperity
The Kansas City Star, June 19, 2012
The National Research Council report issued June 14 makes it clear that research universities have been responsible for America’s tremendous advances since the end of World War II. And as the state’s flagship university, the University of Kansas is committed to a mission that delivers benefits for our state and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world…
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Research Universities and the Future of America
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, June 19, 2012
Research universities have made critical contributions to the American economy and society. However, persistent funding challenges threaten the vitality of U.S. research universities, according to a report requested by Congress, supported­ by MacArthur, and written by a committee of the National Academy of Sciences
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Guest Commentary: The Future of the Research University
stltoday.com, June 20, 2012
Last week, a landmark report on the future of public higher education in the United States was issued by the National Academies' National Research Council. The report is a wake-up call about the alarming direction of higher education…
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Breakthrough Actions That May Be Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity
University Economic Development Association, June 20, 2012
A favorite quote from the report states “Our nation’s greatest asset is its people.” It is true, without people, our country cannot live up to the full potential that it has. You can read the Executive Summary from the NRC website…
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National Academies Report Explores Role of U.S. Research Universities
Mizzou Weekly, June 21, 2012
A report issued June 14 by the National Research Council examines the relationship between public research universities and the U.S. economy…
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Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, June 22, 2012
On June 14, 2012, the National Research Council released Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security." The report, a summary booklet based on the report, a video focusing on key messages, and the release event webcast are all now available online…
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Universities, Key to Prosperity
Science, June 22, 2012
The National Research Council (NRC) committee that I chaired to assess the capacities of U.S. universities has now released recommendations for maintaining their role in national prosperity…
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Panel Says More Money, Fewer Rules Are Best Ways to Stay Ahead of Pack
Science, June 22, 2012
In June 2009, four members of Congress who are active on national science policy issues asked the National Academies to come up with a top 10 list of the steps needed to “maintain excellence in research education.” …
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Young Researchers Deserve More Support, Reviews Say
Science, June 22, 2012
The National Academies report, which focused on all disciplines and looked at many other issues besides doctoral training, suggests a politically more palatable solution than cutting the number of students on research grants...
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University Embraces Summons
Columbia Daily Tribune, June 24, 2012
In essence, the council's report calls for a new social contract that includes federal responsibility earmarked specifically for research and graduate education support; each state's commitment to increase support for undergraduate education; and greater investment from the private sector to promote innovation, technology, human capital and their support facilities..…
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NRC Releases "Research Universities and the Future of America" Report
University of Oklahoma, June 24, 2012
Over the course of then next year, NRC Committee members will be meeting with stakeholders across the country to seek further input and implementation of the recommendations. We will be inviting Committee members to the October COGR meeting to discuss concrete actions needed to achieve the goals outlined in the report.…
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Our Research Universities can Leap Ahead
The Globe and Mail, June 25, 2012
In 2010, Congress asked a U.S. National Research Council committee for 10 measures to strengthen America’s top research universities, in order to secure the country’s prosperity and security. Our report was released this month, and while it was commissioned by Washington, it holds strategic lessons for Canada…
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Column: 10 Steps to Rescuing Our Research Universities
USA Today, June 25, 2012
For more than a century, U.S. research universities — the best in the world — have been the laboratories of American ingenuity and prosperity. However, a real crisis looms unless the nation acts now to shore up our research institutions. That's the message of a new report by the National Research Council
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Recherche - Des leçons à tirer des États-Unis
Le Devoir, June 26, 2012
En 2010, le Congrès américain a demandé à un comité du Conseil de recherche des États-Unis de définir dix mesures à adopter pour consolider les principales universités de recherche du pays afin d’assurer la prospérité et la sécurité du pays. Le rapport de ce comité a été publié la semaine dernière et, même s’il témoigne de la réalité des universités américaines, le Canada peut en tirer des leçons stratégiques.…
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Universities Must Evolve
naturejobs.com, June 27, 2012
PhD students at US universities need better preparation for careers outside academia, says a report released on 14 June by the US National Academies in Washington DC in response to a congressional directive.…
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In Congressional Testimony, a Word About the Value of Research Institutions
Duke Today, June 27, 2012
The hearing, "The Role of Research Universities in Securing America's Future Prosperity: Challenges and Expectations," comes on the heels of the release of the National Research Council's (NRC) recent report on the state and future of America's research universities…
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