Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Too many U.S. scientists? Surely you jest!

No, you do not jest (B14, today's WSJ, Informed Reader). I long held to the archaic notion that all the good scientists were overseas, that India and other Asian countries are going to overpower us dumb Caucasians because THEY were turning out all these smart engineers and surgeons. Apparently I was wrong...

According to the Nov. 16 Chronicle of Higher Education,

The federal dollars pumped into university science departments has created more scientists and engineers than the market wants, said Michael S. Teitelbaum, vice president of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which sponsors research, at a hearing in Congress last week. Mr. Teitelbaum said the federal government should find a way to adjust how it funds university research so that university departments don't end up using the extra money to add graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Engineers and scientists have started to grumble about poor job prospects. Many advise their children against following in their footsteps, says Harold Salzman, who has interviewed engineers at technology firms as part of his work for policy think tank the Urban Institute.

D'oh! At least there's still plenty of room for a high-school/community-college biology teacher...for now.

1 comment:

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