The right space leads to excellence in research and instruction

Science Spaces for Students of the 21st Century

Jeanne L. Narum

Change; Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p8-21

Creative collaborations between campus leaders and arcbitects, laboratory designers, and campus planners are resulting in a generation of spaces
for undergraduate science that contribute both to the long-term excellence of the research and instructional program and to the humanity of the campus. These spaces are enhancing efforts to attract strong students and recruit and keep first-rate faculty. They enable the integration of research and education for all students, the hallmark of strong 21 st-century undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.

The globalizing world

Mapping the Global Future: the National Intelligence Council’s 2020 Project Based on Consultations with Nongovernmental Experts Around the World
National Intelligence Council, 2004

“At no time since the formation of the Western alliance system in 1949 have the shape and nature of international alignments been in such a state of flux. The end of the Cold War shifted the tectonic plates, but the repercussions from these momentous events are still unfolding. Emerging powers in Asia, retrenchment in Eurasia, a roiling Middle East, and transatlantic divisions are among the issues that have only come to a head in recent years. The very magnitude and speed of change resulting from a globalizing world—apart from its precise character—will be a defining feature of the world out to 2020. Other significant characteristics include: the rise of new powers, new challenges to governance, and a more pervasive sense of insecurity, including terrorism.  As we map the future, the prospects for increasing global prosperity and the limited likelihood of great power conflict provide an overall favorable environment for coping with what are otherwise daunting challenges. The role of the United States will be an important variable in how the world is shaped, influencing the path that states and nonstate actors choose to follow.”