After a trip to China, Biology Head ponders the future of science research – In the News
In the News
Writing as a Town Square community columnist in Oct. 1’s News & Record, Dr. Stan Faeth discussed the future of science research.
The UNCG Biology Department Head recently returned from a trip to China with two major impressions. “First, the fear that China is overtaking the U.S. in scientific research and development is well-grounded. In terms of investment, China already has surpassed U.S. efforts.” However, he says, “the Chinese admire and strive to emulate U.S. universities, the engines of scientific creativity and innovation. One Chinese colleague told me that their students are very bright, hardworking and skilled but lack training in creativity and innovation. Hence, many are sent to U.S. universities to train as undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.”
Excerpt from “Town Square: In science research, China on the fast track”
“Construction cranes that blanket the skylines of Chinese cities are constant reminders of the furious pace of high-rise office, industrial and apartment building construction. In the research laboratories I visited, a parallel investment to basic research infrastructure is also evident. Chinese research labs are modern, state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest scientific instrumentation, and lots of it. In a U.S. university, where one DNA sequencer per department is a luxury, a single Chinese lab has several of the latest models. Plus, there are technicians to run the equipment and multitudes of eager, hardworking undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged in the research enterprise.”