Hazardous waste article contained several errors
The Tech's article on the Hazardous Substances Management Program ["CTPI program to raise $10 million," May 12] contained several errors about the program's organization. As this program represents an innovative way of bringing together faculty and interests from the entire MIT body, it is important to us to make our arrangements clear. The overall program weaves together activities in several MIT units and funds from several sources to achieve a coherence and interdisciplinary context not generally available within any single organizational unit.
The program is a framework, not an organizational unit. The present players come from the Center for Environmental Health Sciences; the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development; the Departments of Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Urban Studies and Planning; and the Division of Toxicology. The program is directed by a steering group of representatives from these organizations.
The program has been underway for about two years, during which the level of activities has grown from zero to about the $2 million per year as the article indicated. The fruits of collaboration across departments and disciplines are already evident in the integrated curriculum, and in the comprehensive set of programs, particularly in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences where research combining toxicology, analytic chemistry, and several engineering fields addresses the very complex problems of assessing and managing toxic chemicals in the environment.
The fund-raising is a joint effort, not that of the CTPID alone, as the article stated. The purpose of the effort is not, as the headline may have inadvertently suggested, fund-raising, but is, rather, directed towards the creation of innovative approaches for solving one of the most troublesome social problems of the present.
John R. Ehrenfeld '53->