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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 1HE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Docember 1970 United Slates science sailing into troubled and even critical times Bv ALTON ing the economy pinch NEW YORK AP United 1 some officials of the States science is sailing of Health have said troubled and even dark age of medical sconce and that spells be in the with a for lie nations also of a generation of po scientists are warning medical researchers un support is Federal money for basic all this is an search and for training say scientists has been declining government officials and four with scientists as In their sharp cuts willun the last But science and the had become rather ogy it breeds is the fat and should not be ex ning for from taking its economic and economic at a lime when many scientists endeavors also are feeling From science comes the frost of dam i ital knowledge The country has enough sci new ways to cure atleast in certain feed the to solve major programs in the pressing problems of in atomic energy mental pollution and other defence have been com culties and Now is and this reduced the time for more not for a continuing large sup these spokesmen of engineers and They worry not only Much basic research that They sense a at determining funda antiscience sentiment facts about nature has because many people are poorly ing science for problems ated by which is has not been rele way man uses new enough to critical national But that kind of rl Research should be fo is like killing the more upon such as ger who brings bad air and ex Philip medical care services of the National Academy of more says scientists are REBUTTED to great new discoveries counterattack most we find science and these under both sides in such debate With that attack has come a agree the posture of drastic decline in the scale government is chang scope of our national with a 25year honeymoon fall of perhaps per cent since fiscal vear became a Second MORALE War making tre Morale is low and our contributions to vic tional apparatus for conduct as with the atomic research is falling proximity other he A report last February of the science began national science a win increasing federal sup tinuing said the science the launching of the first fort is currently threatened there came an possible mediocrity it surge of enthusiastic and Clear there will be a day frenzied support for sci reckoning for science including funds for basic for the national and students through day may be very National Aeronautics and Medical research also is Imported have drawbacks PRMCE CP Are imported Ro manian tractors going to have a further adverse effect on Saskatchewans imple ment dealers who are just starting to battle back from the sales decline of the last two years Not said Leo executive secretary of the Saskatchewan implement D e a 1 e r s be cause their impact on total sales will be Three models of the or angecolored Romanianmanu factured tractors were demon strated in the Birch Hills area 20 miles southeast of Their distributors say the for a 40horse power model and for a 65horsepower is al most half that of comparable North Americamanufactured Ted Puskas of Westport Im porters said about orders have been received so far for the Romanian He said there now are 30 dealerships in Al berta and the firm hopes to establish a similar number in Unveil plans for new art building CALGARY CP Plans were unveiled here for a new million Alberta College of Art building at the southern Alber ta Institute of The threestorey building will cover square ect and will house 600 fulltime art stu while allowing the col lege to expand its continuing education program and gallery It will take two years to complete and is part of a 15 year million master plan for the STUDY I SASKATOON CP Tmrnrt1 ance of deer hunting to the Sas katchewan economy is one of I the facets of a study under way I at Iho rnivcrsity of Saskatclxv The expenditure generated by deer hunting is more than S5 million Nearly licences for fleer wcie issued in Ihe lairs year for which f fficia irp uitli sfmu in Puskas said the Im ported diesel made by R o m a n i a n Autotractor Equipment will force the American tractor manufactur ers to lower their But King said the key will be in servicing the im ported units and the distribu tion of parts combined with adequately trained service He said one drawback to the imports is their lack of matching such as plows and Dealers need a rounded out King said at least six lines of imported tractors in troduced into Canada since the mid1950s never got off the In King said there were between 650 and 7Co dealers estimated in 1968 compared with about 540 While the association had 475 rnembers in there now are 450 King said business dec lines during the last year will result in a more realistic number of and well experience a muchimproved standard of Prospects are improved from last year and we look for a good upswing in SALES DOWN IX 70 The Dominion Bureau of in figures for the first six montlis of said estimated farm implement and equipment includ ing repair in Saskatche wan declined per cent compared until the same pe riod in In Manitoba this year decline was per cent com pared with a year and Alberta showed a pel cent During the sixmonth period Prairie dealers this year sold tractors compared with during the previous year while combine sales this year dropped to 119 unils from 520 in The in its news said the Canadian wheat board announcement it is committed to move 400 million buslcls of grain by the end of the year will pro vide a real boost to the fanning The immediate to dealers should be better ro s p o n s e to in creased activity in shop work and repair along with some movement of both new and used This country always comes King Patterns of support and ex pectations of continued benefi cence were By fis cal says the federal government was provid ing more than 2 billion for fun damental research and about billion for applied research and and the re sults were science led the world in vir tually every Then tile winds The expense of the Vietnam war forced budget and science came under the same Even if appro priations had held at the same annual inflation was a thief of real as scientists began exploring ever deeper into Natures re search became more i more demanding evermoreexpcnsive PEOPLE DISENCHANTED All this coincided with a grow ing disenchantment with sci Some congressmen began questioning the value of basic There rose an in creasing feeling science should deal more directly with soci etys Does this coun some also have to be first in every field Science was blamed as immo ral for having made possible the threat of nuclear annihilation and environmental To some science was found wanting because they had some how expected it to be capable of waving a wand and producing magical answers to and it Science had few defenders in nor did it have the ear of the public to tell its Numerous scientists contend there is no clear or wellconsi dered national science Some leaders agree with an accusation that scientists in general had been not being active in a politics of sci not convincing the public that basic research was a great touchstone of human And some scientists overlook the good that science and technology have as in creating polio electronic laborsaving a raft of Handler and others object to some of their scientific com patriots they have exaggerated some troubles the and have overprom ised what science might do about such problems as environ mental The dollar squeeze for science began late in the Lyndon John son and has since in many direc TOO MANY PhDE Traineeship programs were reduced because we have enough scientists hi some says one government The number of new PhDs had been doubling every seven but now we sim ply dont need so many in engi math and the physical Despite all the some offi cials in the office of science and which advises presi dent feel we are in good general There will be some short term but I dont see any great danger of our los ing our leadership in one official But theres certainly not a lot of fat in the system pretty close to the Other scientists and univer sity administrators are not quite so sanguine about the James chair man of the corporation of Mas sachusetts Institute of Technol says scientists are eager to tackle problems of housing and urban but we are getting little or no support Numberous scientists fear that bright young students will avoid choosing scientific car eers when they see science stu dents and graduate students suddenly cut off from their fin ancial Scientists are calling for mors research and more more more oceanog raphers who usually train first in physics and biol ogy and social scientists to seek remedies for social I think that nothing less tnan the application of the full intel ligence of our society is likely to be adequate for resolving ssys John research biophysicist and asso ciate director of the Mental 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