Species in a world that thinks there is a clear division between basic and applied science

Humans are an inconsistent lot, but you would think that might not apply as much when it comes to science, and yet it does.  Even in science are still plenty of ways in which topics lead to opposing and confused viewpoints.  Around my institution these days the terms “applied” and “basic” science are being kicked around at the same time we are discussing “species” as a theme that cuts across research programs. 

Will we maintain our connections to other natural history institutions around the world?

Another interest of mine that I hope does not get left out of the refocusing that is currently underway at FMNH is our connections to other institutions like ours across the world.  I feel like we could do so much more with respect to helping other natural history institutions in the myriad of countries where we work. 

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