mentors on-site and then contacts around the country through societies and such—can make all the difference in whether a person feels nurtured and is able to blossom into a real scientist.

Finally, when we ask whether we should turn to societies or universities in dealing with the problems, I suggest that we look for some way to convene the leadership of several entities—the NIH, the universities, the societies, the pharmaceutical companies—to say, all right, there’s something that each one of us could do. Is there some way in which, by collaborating, we could create a fabric and have on each of our agendas people whose reward, whose gratification in life, is to address this issue and promote it? That is, they are put on the spot, if you will, for seeing that these kinds of figures move in more dramatic ways throughout the discipline.



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