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Center for the Study of Science and Society Records

1967-1972

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Abstract

Directed by Eugene I. Rabinowitch, the Center studied "human ecology" and interdiciplinary communications by sponsoring conferences, seminars, and symposia.

Summary

Creator:
State University of New York at Albany. Center for the Study of Science and Society
Date Coverage:
1967-1972
Quantity:
2.33 cubic ft.

In the spring of 1966 Evan R. Collins, president of SUNYA, and Eugene Rabinowitch began a dialogue in which it was proposed that Rabinowitch come to SUNYA and help establish a research center which would be concerned with the impact of science and technology on public policy. In April 1967 the Educational Policies Council of the University Senate approved the creation of such a center, and an ad hoc planning committee was appointed. Throughout 1967 Rabinowitch working in conjunction with Eugene McLaren, assistant Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics, organized the center and mapped out the future program and goals of the center.

By 1968 the Center for Science and the Future of Human Affairs was a reality. The Center was "organized for the purpose of orderly study of the interactions of modern science, its products and services, with the activities and aims of humankind." The Center was to develop "interdisciplinary research programs dealing with the impact of science and technology on man's personal and social existence" and considers "new approaches to education for life in the scientific age."

During 1967 and early 1968, Eugene Rabinowitch had presented a series of lectures at SUNYA. In September 1968 he was appointed as a professor of biology and chemistry at SUNYA with the additional duty of being senior advisor to the new Center.

On July 1, 1968 Victor Rabinowitch, son of Eugene Rabinowitch, was hired as director of the Center. Serving at the pleasure of SUNYA's president, Victor Rabinowitch was to be "senior administrator and manager of the operations of the Center." The director was assisted by an Advisory Committee drawn from the faculty of SUNYA.

The Center received a small planning grant from the Fleischmann Foundation in 1968. In 1969 another grant was received from the National Science Foundation; however, the Center never received sufficient support or funding from the state legislature, SUNY's central administration, or the SUNYA community.

In August 1969 the Center changed its name to the Center for the Study of Science and Society.

During its existence the Center did conduct at least four conferences. They include: The Scientific Revolution--Its Impact on Man and Society, March 1968; Evolutionary Processes, April 1970; The Integration of Science into General Education, May 1970; and, The Steady State Society, July 1971.

Frustrated by lack of support for the Center, Victor Rabinowitch, resigned as director on February 27, 1970. From March 1 to September 1, 1970 Eugene Rabinowitch was interim director of the Center. Heinz G. Pfeiffer was appointed director of the Center in April 1971, but by June 1971 he was no longer on the University payroll. The exact date that the Center ceased operations is unclear; however, this certainly happened by the time Eugene Rabinowitch left SUNYA in August 1972. The Center was finally a victim of the budget cuts and retrenchment which SUNYA underwent in the early 1970s.

The Center for the Study of Science and Society, 1966-1972, files contain the papers of Eugene Rabinowitch, Victor Rabinowitch, and Eugene H. McLaren. The files consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, and financial statements, grant proposals, conference programs and papers, participant lists, resumes, press releases, reprints, pamphlets, leaflets, and clippings.

The files detail the history, structure, and activities of the Center. There are files relating to grants, which funded the Center. There are also files detailing the Center's relationship with other offices and departments on the SUNYA campus, as well as with SUNY Central Administration and the New York legislature. Several files detail the conferences and symposia sponsored by the Center. In addition, there are files containing materials from or about similar public policy programs at other institutions.

The files are arranged alphabetically by name of individual, name of organization, or subject. A general file for each letter of the alphabet precedes files for the same letter of the alphabet (ie.: "A" precedes "Advisory Committee"). Material within the files is arranged chronologically by year, month, and day. Partially dated material is placed at the end of the month or year; undated items are placed after dated materials. Enclosures are placed after their letter of transmittal.

All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Center for the Study of Science and Society Records, 1967-1972. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Center for the Study of Science and Society Records).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1A1967 December-1971 March

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1 2Ad Hoc Planning Committee1967 June-1967 November, undated

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1 3Advisory Committee, Correspondence1968 January-1970 December, undated

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1 4Advisory Committee, Members' VitaeUndated

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1 5Annual Report1969/1970, 1970 January-1970 February, undated

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1 6Anthropology Department1970 January-1970 February

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1 7B1967 April-1971 April, undated

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1 8Blum, Harold1968 March-1970 January, undated

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1 9Brim Report1969 August-1969 October

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1 10Budget and Finance1967 April-1971 May, undated

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1 11Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists1969 April-1971 March

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1 12Business, School of1970 July

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1 13C1968 February-1971 May, undated

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1 14Case Western Reserve University, Science, Technology and Public Policy ProgramUndated

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1 15Center for Government Policy Analysis1970 October, undated

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1 16Center for International Programs and Services1967 October-1968 November

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1 17Center for International Programs and Services1969 January-1971 March

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1 18Comparative Development Studies Center1969 March-1970 July, undated

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1 19Cornell University, Science, Technology and Society Progra, Aug 1969 - July 19701969 August-1970 July

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1 20Criminal Justice, School of1968 January-1968 April

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1 21D1966 October-1971 February

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1 22Development of Science and Technology Seminar1969 February-1969 November

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1 23Director, Search for1970 February-1970 November

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1 24E1969 April-1971 May

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1 25Eastern Regional Conference on Science and Technology for Public Programs1969 February-1970 February

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1 26Economics Department1968 May-1971 August, undated

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1 27English Department1970 July

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1 28Environmental Issues1968 November-1969 February

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1 29Evolutionary Processes Conference1969 October-1970 September

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1 30F1968 October-1971 January, undated

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1 31Five Rivers Program1970 September-1970 October

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1 32Fleischmann Foundation, Correspondence1967 September-1971 February

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1 33Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements1968 June-1972 May

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1 34Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report1968 February-1969 August

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1 35Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals1967 February-1967 September

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1 36Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals1967

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1 37Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals1970 June

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1 38G1968 April-1971 January

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1 39Graduate School of Public Affairs1968 October-1971 June

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1 40H1968 October-1970 September, undated

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1 41Hall, Warren A.1969 September-1971 December

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1 42Hirshom, Seth, "Center for the Study of Science and Society: A Case Study,"1972 February

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1 43Horn, Axel1969 March-1970 October

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1 44Hudson Institute1969 February-1970 January

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1 45Institute for International Development, State University of New York1969 January-1969 March

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1 46Institute on Man and Science1968 September-1971 March

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1 47Integration of Science Into General Education Symposium1969 July-1970 June, undated

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1 48International Center for Integrative Studies1968 February-1970 February

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1 49International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology1968 November-1970 February

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1 50J1968 April-1970 November

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1 51K1968 June-1970 February, undated

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1 52L1968 July-1970

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1 53Levey, Martin1968 November-1969 March, undated

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1 54Library Acquisitions1968 July-1971 March

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1 55M1967 September-1972 February, undated

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1 56McHale, John1967 August-1967 November

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1 57McHale, John1969 January-1969 March

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1 58McHale, John1969 March

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1 59McLaren, Eugene H1967 January-1970 February, undated

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1 60Man and Beast: Comparative Social Behavior Symposium, Smithsonian Institution1969 May

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2 1Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position Paper1970 October

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2 2Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position PaperUndated

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2 3Manpower Report on Sponsored Research1968 April-1968 July

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2 4Miscellaneous1966 October-1969 October, undated

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2 5N1968 April-1970 October, undated

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2 6National Academy of Sciences1969 March-1970 February

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2 7National Environmental Library1971 April

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2 8National Science Foundation, Correspondence1969 July-1970 May

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2 9National Science Foundation, Correspondence1970 June-1972 January

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2 10National Science Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements1969 September-1972 May

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2 11National Science Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report1969 June-1969 August

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2 12National Science Foundation, Grant Proposal1969, undated

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2 13National Water Commission1969 May-1969 September

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2 14New York State Legislature1970 January-1971 February, undated

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2 15New York State Science and Technology Foundation1969 December-1970 November

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2 16New York University, Management of Science and Technology Course1967-1969 February

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2 17Nonviolent Conflict Resolution Forum1970 May-1970 December, undated

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2 18Northern Arizona Field Research Expedition1969 April-1969 July

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2 19O1969 January-1970 February

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2 20Ozarow, Vernon1968 April-1969 November, undated

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2 21P1967 November-1971 May

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2 22Personnel1968 May-1971 January

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2 23Pfeiffer, Heinz G.1970 September-1971 April

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2 24Philosophy Department1968 June, undated

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2 25Physical Facilities, Feb 1968 - Dec 1970, nd

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2 26Prescott College, Contemporary Affairs,Center, April - May 19691969 April-1969 May

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2 27President's Office1966 March-1971 May

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2 28Program on Aging1968 December-1969 April

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2 29Proposal for Center1966, undated

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2 30Prospectus1970 June-1971 March, undated

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2 31Publicity1968 March-1970 February

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2 32Purdue University, Science and Public Policy Program1967 July-1969 May

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2 33R1967 December-1971 May, undated

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2 34Rabinowitch, Eugene1966 November-1971 December, undated

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2 35Rabinowitch, Victor1968 February-1969 January

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2 36Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute1968 December-1971 March, undated

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2 37Research Office1967 April-1971 May, Undated

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2 38Russian and Soviet Scientific Thought1968

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2 39S1968 March-1972 February

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2 40St. Andrews Presbyterian College1970 May

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2 41Science and Development Conference1969 August-1970 October

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2 42Science and Mathematics Division1968 November-1969 July

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2 43Science and Public Policies Study Group, Correspondence1967 May-1971 January

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2 44Science and Public Policies Study Group, Newsletter1969 November-1971 March

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2 45The Scientific Revolution and Man's Situation, Course1968 June-1969 June, undated

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2 46The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence, Sept 1966 - 19671966 September-1967

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2 47The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence1968 January-1968 February

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2 48The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence1968 March-1969 January, undated

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2 49The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Financial Matters1968 March-1968 June, undated

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2 50The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Miscellaneous1967-1968, undated

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3 1Report of Conference1968 March-1968 April

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3 2Seminar on Change, Proposal by James W. Corbett1969 September, undated

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3 3Sloan Foundation1969 October-1969 December

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3 4Social Invention Conference, SUNY Binghamton1969 February-1969 May

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3 5Stanford University, Political and Social Issues Workshop1969

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3 6State University of New York, Central Administration1967 January-1971 May, undated

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3 7The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Correspondence1970 October-1971 August

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3 8The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Miscellaneous1966 February-1971 July, undated

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3 9The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Proposal1971 February-1971 March, undated

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3 10The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Readings1971 July

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3 11T1969 May-1970 September

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3 12Territory of Man1968 October-1968 December

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3 13Trends in Science Policy Seminar, Battelle Seattle Research Center1969 March-1969 April

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3 14U1968 January-1972 June

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3 15Unified Science Course1967 February

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3 16University of California, Davis, Political Science Department1968 January

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3 17University of Michigan1967 June-1969 September

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3 18University of Virginia, Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Public Policy1968 August-1970 June

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3 19V1968 December-1969 November

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3 20W1968 October-1971 October

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3 21Washington University, International Development and Technology Center1968 July

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3 22Working Group on Science and Public PolicyUndated

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3 23Z1968 October-1971 April