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ORGANIZE LION AND ACTIVITIES: GOODSPERD 41 III. CONTINUATION OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE COMMITTEE ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH The California State Council of Defense was disbanded on January 31, 1919. Certain of its activities, however, were continued through the establishment of the State Committee on Readjustment. The Committee on Scientific Research, also, was continued at the request of Governor Stephens and was related in an advisory way to the Committee on Readjustment. Meetings of the Committee on Scien- tific Research and of several of its subcommittees were held during the year following the war for the consideration of problems of a scientific nature arising in an effort to stimulate industries in the use of the material resources of the state, and in the continuation of investigations begun during the war. With the termination of the activity of the Committee on Read- justment, the Committee on Scientific Research was not disbanded and it still continues as a possible source of advice to the Governor and to departments of the state government. The value of such a committee was shown during the war as a co-ordinating agency in making available for the urgent needs of the state the numerous sources of scientific strength outside of the state departments, pa~- ticularly upon matters which required thoroughgoing investigation before being incorporated into the administrative policy of the gov- ernment. As a factor outside of the state government, but bent upon assisting the government in every way, this committee seems to be in a particularly favorable position to bring the resources of these various agencies to bear upon certain of the unsolved scientific prob- lems of state administration and of public welfare. In the experience of these war years there has been much to indi- cate the permanent value of such a body continually available to the state departments for undertaking the study of problems, par- ticularly of a research nature, which arise from time to time in the course of administration.