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Evolution, Science, and Society

Kent E. Holsinger kent at darwin.eeb.uconn.edu
Wed Jul 9 07:52:42 EST 1997


                   Evolution, Science, and Society
    A "White Paper" on Behalf of the Field of Evolutionary Biology

Despite its centrality in the life sciences, evolutionary biology does
not yet command the prominence in educational curricula or in research
funding commensurate with its intellectual contributions and its
potential for contributing to societal needs. In an effort to address
this shortfall, delegates from eight major professional scientific
societies in the United States have developed a document intended to

- describe our present understanding of evolution and the major
  intellectual accomplishments of evolutionary biology,
- identify major questions and challenges in which progress in
  evolutionary science can be expected in the near future,
- describe past and expected contributions of evolutionary biology
  both to other sciences and to social needs in areas such as health
  science, agriculture, and environmental science, and
- suggest ways in which progress can be facilitated in basic research,
  in applications of evolutionary biology to social needs, and in
  biological science education.

Drafts of the full document and an accompanying executive summary are
now available on the web at

   http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~ecolevol/evolution.html

The working group preparing this document seeks comments from everyone
with an interest in evolutionary biology. Comments on the documents
should be sent to

   ecolevol at rci.rutgers.edu

before 15 September 1997.

-- Kent Holsinger
   Executive Vice President
   Society for the Study of Evolution






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