Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Training in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences: Workshop Report

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William C. Harris
DIANE Publishing, Nov 1, 1996 - 88 pages
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Report of a workshop sponsored by the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Nat. Science Found., June 5-6, 1995. Sections: math & science education in a changing world; the big crunch; graduate education for industry in a time of change; reshaping the graduate education of scientists & engineers; building a diversified portfolio; graduate education & the disappearance of humanism; the effects of change on graduate education; revising the graduate education for the 21st century; graduate education & postdoctoral training in an austere environment; & graduate education & postdoctoral training for the math & physical sciences.
 

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Page 42 - It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man's blessings. Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors...
Page 42 - ... in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
Page 53 - We do not have a series of stratified earths, one of which is mathematical, another physical, another historical, and so on. We should not be able to live very long in any one taken by itself. We live in a world where all sides are bound together. All studies grow out of relations in the one great common world.
Page 37 - Effect of the research on the infrastructure of science and engineering. This criterion relates to the potential of the proposed research to contribute to better understanding or improvement of the quality, distribution, or effectiveness of the Nation's scientific and engineering research, education, and manpower base.
Page 27 - Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1995): 2-3.
Page 84 - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1415 Johnson Drive, Madison...
Page 46 - From time to time there's a finding of social science that may by itself be of limited importance but illuminates a major conundrum. A study has shown that young Americans expect to be tried before a jury of their peers but are rather reluctant to serve on one. This paradox highlights a major aspect of contemporary...
Page 17 - I am sure everybody in this room knows that the universe began with a big bang about 10 billion years ago and it has been expanding ever since. If the density of mass in the universe is great enough, its gravitational force will cause that expansion to slow down and reverse, causing the universe to fall back in on itself. Then the universe will end in a cataclysmic event known as "The Big Crunch.
Page 47 - Promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society. • Achieve excellence in US science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels.
Page ix - ... Directorate of the National Science Foundation. 3 They include measures to be taken by individual universities, as well as measures that the NSF could take to encourage change: " Mechanisms should be found to encourage a broadening of the training and educational experience of MPS graduate students. Mechanisms should be examined for shortening the average time to the Ph.D degree in the MPS fields. Increased use should be made of periods of off-campus experience, such as industrial internships....

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