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Condensed-Matter and Materials Physics: The Science of the World Around Us
CMMP than any other single subfield of physics. These young minds are the future of CMMP and of its role in society.
However, the Committee on CMMP 2010 also concluded that there are danger signs on the horizon. U.S. leadership in fundamental CMMP research is seriously threatened by the low success rates in proposals submitted for government funding of research, the precipitous decline of involvement of industrial laboratories in fundamental CMMP research, and the increasing competition from other countries for the best scientists. Due to tremendous momentum in the research establishment, the ill effects of these structural problems are only just starting to manifest themselves in measurable terms, such as publication rates, and in the ability to attract the best young scientists to research positions in the United States. The Committee on CMMP 2010 therefore urges that action be taken now. Prompt attention to these structural problems is needed to ensure U.S. leadership in CMMP research and technological innovation now and for the future.