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The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers

"Remarks to the NIH Community" [Thinking of the future] transcript of audio
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2 minutes, 46 seconds
1981-06-19 (June 19, 1981)
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
"Remarks to the NIH Community." National Institutes of Health. 01:55:20:00 - 01:58:06:00 on DigiBeta tape.
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Metadata Record "Remarks to the NIH Community" [Reflecting on the past] (June 19, 1981) qtmovie (573,424 Bytes) realmovie (560,996 Bytes) transcript of audio
Metadata Record "Remarks to the NIH Community" [Resignation announcement] (June 19, 1981) qtmovie (1,161,676 Bytes) realmovie (1,200,745 Bytes) transcript of audio
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Let me speak of the future a moment. I think that the optimism that is so essential for success in science is as indelible as ever. The future will require more of us than in the past, it always does. It means we'll have to have sufficient flexibility, while sustaining the best traditions to adapt to level funding--level funding at best, perhaps for a few years, perhaps modest compression--as increases in the budget, which will come, may fail to meet the demands of inflation. I've already made references to adjustments of balances in the Intramural Program.
The next decade is going to test the Institutes as never before in terms of their corporate responsibilities. It must begin with aggregate budget distributions, and not end with them, as merely the sum of competitive independent programs, category by category. It's going to be a time of tough selection of priorities for funding by the different mechanisms that we have and possibly the creation of new ones for the future.
Especially, we're going to have to all show continued creativity and adaptation in continuous adjustment of the balance between categorical objectives "part of that genius of NIH" and the necessary communal provision of resources to maintain the strength of the institutions in which the majority of scientists in this country still work and teach.
We're going to have to have continued attention to the style, if that be morality, and to the substance of activities other than experimental work; activities by which NIH also merits high rating as a social institution. These include: continued provision of technical consensus and objective evaluation of technologies; education for both the providers and the recipients of health care so the changes in scientific knowledge can beneficially affect the lives of as many people as possible and the practices of the professionals. We're going to have to keep up that faithful curatorship of invaluable collections of data and the tangible collections of objects (cells, mutants, and what have you) which join us to proceeding generations and will join us to the future.
We're also going to have to maintain a rigorous defense of scientific ethic, and of scientific freedom, for they are inseparable.
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