David Sanger 
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Re: “Unclean Hands at the Gill Tract?

The UC press release points to a study on technology transfer ( http://www.milkeninstitute.org/pdf/mind2mr… ) which sheds some light on the complex interplay between basic research and the dissemination of knowledge. This is from the intro:

"University research tends to be oriented toward basic research that addresses long-term, fundamental scientific discovery and knowledge. An increasing share of the funding — from government, industry, nonprofit donor and other sources — is going into biotechnology and the life sciences, as evidenced by the dramatic increase since 1995 in university patenting.

"The core mission of the world’s leading research universities is education, discovery research and the dissemination of knowledge. It is also understood that the commercialization of research and knowledge is controversial to some audiences. Many academic researchers are conflicted by the greater focus on commercialization, feeling that it might impede research in areas with a lower probability of direct-market applicability but which could nevertheless lead to advances in fundamental scientific knowledge. We maintain that technology transfer reflects the delicate balance of a university’s wider culture and is, in fact, an important byproduct of its mission."

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Posted by David Sanger on 05/16/2012 at 1:42 PM

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