Eyes on the Prize

Arthur E. Sowers arthures at access.digex.net
Thu Jun 6 14:55:04 EST 1996

How about just making some summaries of some of the ideas; if I gave my
ideas, it would just be another different idea.

Art Sowers


On Thu, 6 Jun 1996, Bert Gold wrote:

> Doctors,
> NIH has just announced its plans for a MAJOR OVERHAUL of the RESEARCH
> Grant allocation system.
> Kieth Yamamoto, here at UCSF, is already objecting and has apparently
> drafted his own plan.
> In the next several days you will view a petition which I have drafted
> and which I would like your help in circulating.
> It will provide for a plan which is BETTER and more RELIABLE at
> LEVELING the playing field than either Keith or NIH has yet proposed.
> I have spoken with literally hundreds of scientists over the past two
> years about this issue.  Many of the most prominent have confided to
> me that the current system is unfair, unworkable and unreasonable but
> have told me that 'human nature' prevents a change for the better.
> Nonetheless, many have shared their very best suggestions and thoughts
> with me. I doubt, however, that I have heard every possible salutary
> suggestion for changing the current system...  
> Therefore, I would like to invite you
> to send me your very wisest thoughts about how we can change the system
> for the allocation of research funds in the US so that our children can
> again begin to prosper from the intellectual harvest of plenty of our
> nation.
> We are an intellectually rich country, but we have not in the past
> few years been acting the part.
> Vannevar Bush was not wrong in saying that research is an 'endless
> frontier'.  It is... But the leaders of science (and public policy)
> have apparently forgotten this truth.
> We are human, and so we have many frailties, but the system can indeed
> be changed for the better!
> I am convinced that our children can live in a world better than our own.
> I need your help and support in this endeavor; there are many
> self-interested forces who will oppose me (and us), but 
> making a good future for ourselves and our families is
> worth a concerted effort now.
> Keep your eyes on the prize.
>  Bert Gold, Ph.D.                         "Seeing much, Suffering much,
>  University of California, San Francisco   and studying much,
>  School of Medicine                        These are the three pillars
>  Program in Medical Genetics               of learning." -- Benjamin Disraeli

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