From The Hatchet: Research Centers Must Mean Science. Or Policy. Or Science Policy.

Emily Cahn reports:

The University’s first vice president for research says he hopes to raise the University’s research profile by starting new research centers in the fields of autism, computational biology, science policy, energy, sustainability and neglected diseases.

Well, you don’t need to hear it from me again. But you will. Could the day please arrive when a new research center doesn’t predictably focus on science or policy — or science policy? While GW’s medical school has been on academic probation, while the imagined science center‘s budget burgeons like the national deficit, why not a modest investment in a Humanities Center? All the prestigious universities have them. Can’t we at least catch up?

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