It really showed that we need to integrate a more industrial culture with a more academic culture." University of Texas System Chancellor Mark Yudof, July 19, 2005.
A truck bouncing through the arid Albuquerque, New Mexico terrain, loaded down with the final proposal of a team including the UT System and Lockheed Martin to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory, has cemented University involvement in a bid for the lab.
Sixty years ago to the week, the two-year rush to build a nuclear weapon culminated with the first successful atomic detonation. The Trinity Test, on July 16, 1945, put Los Alamos in a permanent spotlight; now that spotlight might be headed toward Austin.
Campus dialogue on the bid has been scant, with opposition primarily reserved for members of UT Watch. Justifiably, most opposition has been moral: Why would the System, and the University, want to align itself so closely with dangerous research on the most lethal weapons known to man?