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Letter from Fred R. Harris to Joshua Lederberg

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SURcOtdh31rrE~ 0~ GOVERNMENT RESEARCH (PURSUANT To 8. RES. 218. WrH 00NGacss) May 13, 1966 Dr. Joshua Lederberg Genetics Department School of Med icine Stanford University Palo Alto, California 94304 -9 3b Dear Doctor Lederberg: Dr. Meyer, of my staff, has told me of the long and stimulating conversation he had with you today concerning the plans of my Subcom- m ittee on Government Research. Because the conversation clearly de- fines you as an individual who has given deep thought to precisely the kind of question we must grapple with, I especially hope that it will be possible for you to be with us. In order to give you some orientation, I m ight say that the seminar will be held for the purpose of discussing questions related to the develop- me nt of a National Science Policy. It will be held on May 20, 1966, in room 4110, New Senate O ffice Building, Washington, D. C., from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the seminar, we plan to discuss the following questions: 1. What problems of science policy are of greatest concern to you? 2. How may the nation’s scientific and technical resources best be directed toward the national interest? 3. Should there be national science goals, and how should they be established? In the last three years, the federal R & D budget has levelled off at about $16 billion. It appears that it will continue at this level for the foreseeable future. Dr. Joshua Lederberg May 13, 1966 In light of this, it has become necessary to consider what our national goals for research and development should be, and to estab- lish a series of priorities for the input of R & D funds. Some of the other questions which arise in this regard ar: Who should make Science Policy? How can a National Science Policy best be developed? What is the effect of R & D expenditures on our universities, our society, and our economy? and How may we best plan the input of resources, i.e. money, manpower, etc., to

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