THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Engineering

Institute of Medicine

National Research Council

April 8, 2002

The Honorable John H.Marburger, III

Director,

Office of Science and Technology Policy

Executive Office of the President

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 424 Washington, DC 20502

Dear Jack:

I am writing in response to your letter of March 29 requesting a review of proposed U.S. neutrino collectors and the nature and importance of the science problems that such facilities could address.

I have asked our Board on Physics and Astronomy to form a committee under the National Research Council to undertake this study. The committee will be charged to complete an approved Research Council report in accordance with your request within 6 months of conclusion of an agreement with the National Science Foundation for financial support of this work.

Thank you for this expression of confidence in the NRC’s ability to provide useful and timely advice on scientific matters of importance to the nation.

Sincerely,

Bruce Alberts

Chairman

National Research Council



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