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Transdisciplinary Interfaces and Innovation in the Life Sciences


Eunsook Hyun, Rainer Paslack and Hilmar Stolte

Life science comprises any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms and their relationships to one another and the environment. By presenting the proceedings of three transdisciplinary transatlantic workshops, this book deals with the interface among the ever expanding fields of molecular biology, nano-technology and synthetic biology as well as the subsequent ethical issues and the need for regulations. In this context the book emphasizes the role of regulations and ethical practices in clinical research, and points out the different approaches used in Europe and the USA. Clinical research was discussed from the perspective that medicine is and should always be a socially responsive human engagement advancing the condition of the living.
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Privatization of Universities and a New Social Compact: Trends in Funding – Robert F. Rich


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Privatization of Universities and a New Social Compact: Trends in Funding

Robert F. Rich

There is no good news concerning the prospects for higher education funding for public universities in the United States. This paper focuses on the response of some institutions of public higher education in the United States given the trend toward decreasing support from state general revenue funds (GRF): increased reliance on revenue generated thru tuition especially from out-of-state and international students, increased reliance on grants and contracts as well as endowments, and increased autonomy as evidenced thru deregulation. Some experts have characterized these trends as a move toward privatization.

1. Privatization and Higher Education

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