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    Universities, and the Changing International Environment: Conversation with 
    Hans Mark, Chancellor of the University of Texas System; 3/15/88 by 
    Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation on International Affairs. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest today is Dr. Hans Mark, Chancellor of the University of Texas system. Dr. Mark is the 1988 Chester W. Nimitz Lecturer on the Berkeley campus.

Hans Mark was named Chancellor of the University of Texas system on May 30, 1984, after serving as Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and before that, as Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. A distinguished nuclear physicist and experienced faculty member and administrator, Dr. Mark now heads the fifth-ranking university system in the United States in enrollment, with more than 120,000 students. The UT system includes seven academic institutions, six health-oriented institutions, and the UT Institute of Texas' Culture.

Chancellor Mark, whose academic and scientific career has spanned more than three decades, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association for Advancement of Science. His list of significant scientific contributions reads like the syllabus for a space age course in modern science. Chancellor Mark played a pioneering role in the study of X-rays from stars, and did early work with what were later identified as black holes, among many other scientific accomplishments. Additionally, he is author or co-author of more than a hundred scholarly articles in his field.

  1. Background ... Berkeley years
  2. Universities and National Research Laboratories ... different missions ... administering "big science" projects ... an American talent
  3. Governing a Public University ... working with the legislature ... adult education ... attracting economic development ... unique Texas proportion of alumni in Congress ... maintaining integrity of the institution
  4. Research and Development ... the Japanese challenge ... when to export technology ... abandoning moribund industries ... defense R&D
  5. The Case of NASA ... operations versus engineering design ... example of COMSAT ... internal resistance ... Challenger disaster: implementing safety ... misdirected remedy
  6. Arms Control ... when treaties work ... criteria for a successful treaty ... limits of trying to control technology ... the ABM Treaty ... controling technological innovation versus channeling applications of technology ... U.S. versus U.S.S.R. ... technological developments elsewhere
  7. Looking to the Future ... bipolarity of world politics disappearing ... unique strength of U.S. multiculturalism
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