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Q-and-A: The Quest of the Earth Scientist: Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, is

Q-and-A: The Quest of the Earth Scientist: Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, is

Associated Press Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. Ralph J. Cicerone , president of the National Academy of Sciences , was back in his old haunt this week, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Earth System Science , which he founded. He later served as the university’s chancellor. Dr. Cicerone spoke with The New York Times about scientific research on the campus, the national attitude toward science today and the scientific questions he would most like to see answered. Following are excepts, edited for brevity and clarity. Q. You’re back here to celebrate the Department of Earth System Science’s 20th anniversary; what has the department accomplished over those two decades? A. Both on the side of research as well as classroom instruction, I think they are doing very well. The quality of grad...

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