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Fulbright offers valuable cultural experience

To the Editor:

I read with dismay Michael P. McCue's letter of Jan. 18 ["Fulbright disappoints science student"]. I wish to raise two points. First, while it is true that English (and indeed, British) science has suffered serious losses in manpower, financial support and morale recently, it is misleading to suggest that little, if any, good science is being done in the United Kingdom. There are still many world-renowned scientists and laboratories in the United Kingdom; in fact, Oxford Physiology (at which McCue apparently had the misfortune to study) has several first-rate research groups.

Secondly, the value of awards such as the Fulbright does not lie purely within the academic domain. They allow students to broaden their social and cultural horizons. I count myself very lucky to have been able to study at Oxford (in Physiology -- horrors!), the University of California, and MIT.

I urge MIT students to seize their opportunities to study in Britain.

However, I would take Stanford for the sun...

R. Martyn Bracewell G->