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Donald Dahlsten

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Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley.

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CORPORATE U: Corporate Funding Of Academic Research

with Mildred Cho, Donald Dahlsten, Chris Scottvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Spurred in part by a Congressional Act which allowed universities to patent the results of federally-funded research, corporate contributions to academic research programs grew from $850 million in 1985 to over $4 billion by the early 1990s. In return corporations receive licenses to the patents generated by that research. Do these new academic-corporate relationships threaten the traditional functions of our universities to educate and to serve the public good? Or does corporate funding serve the public good by bringing the fruits of research to the public sooner and more efficiently?