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November 19, 2004

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Advances in science and engineering increasingly require the collaboration of scholars from various fields. This shift is driven by the urgent need to address complex problems that cut across traditional disciplines, and the capacity of new technologies to both transform existing disciplines and generate new ones. At the same time, however, interdisciplinary research is impeded at many institutions by policies on hiring, promotion, tenure, and resource allocation that favor traditional disciplines, says a new report from the National Academies.

Nancy Andreasen1 (co-chair), Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City; and Director, MIND Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Neurology, University of New Mexico Albuquerque. Theodore L. Brown (co-chair), Founding Director Emeritus, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.