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Older Scientists Are Touted as Offering Untapped Value

November 6, 2016View for printing

Federal funding agencies have been eager to support younger researchers, reflecting a widespread belief that nurturing the next generation is critical to ensuring the long-term success of the nation's scientific enterprise.

A new analysis out of Northeastern University, however, is challenging the orthodoxy. Looking across a variety of fields, the study found that while a researcher's productivity generally declines with age, creativity and impact do not.

By Paul Basken

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