It is the function of the Board of Trustees to make possible the conduct of scientific research under the most favorable conditions, and to safeguard the independence of the research staff in the pursuit of their studies. It is not a part of the Board's function to determine, control, or influence the conduct of particular investigations or the conclusions reached, but only to approve the principal fields of investigation to which the available funds are to be allocated, and to satisfy themselves with reference to the intellectual competence and scientific integrity of the staff.
Major responsibility for "formulating general policies and co-ordinating the activities of the Institution" is vested in the President. The by-laws provide also that there shall be an advisory council selected by the Presi dent from among the scientific staff of the Institution.
Authors of studies published by the Institution have had the advice, criticism, and assistance both of an administrative officer and of a co operating committee selected from the staff. To be acceptable for publica tion studies must meet certain specified criteria and standards of scholar ship. The author is, however, free to present interpretations or conclusions at variance with those of the President or co-operating committee, who in turn are free to prepare dissenting opinions for incorporation in the published volume.
|WILLIAM R. BIGGS, Chairman||LEVERETT LYON|
|HUNTINGTON GILCHRIST, Vice Chairman||HAROLD G. MOULTON|
|ARTHUR STANTON ADAMS||THOMAS E. MURRAY|
|ROBERT PERKINS BASS||ROBERT BROOKINGS SMITH|
|DANIEL W. BELL||LEWIS L. STRAUSS|
|DAVID K. E. BRUCE||DONALD B. WOODWARD|
|COLGATE W. DARDEN, JR.||JOHN S. DICKEY Honorary Trustees|
|HAROLD W. DODDS||MRS. ROBERT S. BROOKINGS|
|JOHN W. HANES||JOHN LEE PRATT|
|JOHN E. LOCKWOOD||HARRY BROOKINGS WALLACE|