1985 The Mathematical Sciences Education Board

At the urging of the mathematical sciences community, the NRC establishes the Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB) to provide “a continuing national assessment capability for mathematics education” from kindergarten through college. A 34-member board is appointed that is a unique working coalition of classroom teachers, college and university mathematicians, mathematics supervisors and administrators, members of school boards and parent organizations, and representatives of business and industry. This step reflects another of the basic recommendations of the David Committee: strong involvement of all sectors of the mathematical sciences community in issues of precollege education.

1986 Board on Mathematical Sciences' Science and Technology Week Symposium

This was the first of a series of annual symposia highlighting the role of mathematical sciences research in the sciences and engineering for an audience of scientists and policy makers.

1987 Project MS 2000

At the urging of JPBM and under the supervision of the BMS and MSEB, the NRC launches a comprehensive review of the college and university mathematics enterprise through the Mathematical Sciences in the Year 2000 (MS 2000) project.

1987 Science and Technology Centers: Principles and Guidelines. A Report by the Panel on Science and Technology Centers (NRC, 1987)

This NRC panel recommends that the primary goal of a proposed program of science and technology centers should be to exploit science where the complexity of the research problems or the resources needed to solve them require the advantages of scale and duration, or where facilities can be provided only by a centralized mode of research. The principal criterion used for evaluating proposals would be the scientific quality of the research. The panel cautions that interdisciplinary research, although essential for the solution of many problems, should be pursued only when there is a demonstrated need or opportunity. An initiative is launched by NSF to support important basic research and education activities and to encourage technology transfer and innovative approaches to interdisciplinary problems, by establishing centers devoted to critical areas of science and technology.

1988 Cross-Disciplinary Research in the Statistical Sciences: Report of a Panel of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS, 1988)

An influential report assesses the status of cross-disciplinary statistical research and makes recommendations for the future. Two principles endorsed by the panel are that (1) advances in substantive knowledge and in statistical theory are virtually inseparable and (2) the continued health of statistics strongly depends on research stimulated by and directed at problems in many other disciplines. Believing that “a continuing effort is required to monitor the health of cross-disciplinary statistical research,” the panel recommended that the NRC, through its Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics and its Committee on National Statistics, undertake this effort. Finding that “constrained resources and the existing infrastructure within the government, academia, and industry thwart the growth and development of needed cross-disciplinary research,” the panel recommended that an institute for statistical sciences be established—a recommendation that led to the establishment of the National Institute of Statistical Science.

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