Joseph, I strongly disagree with your assertion that "publishing papers on research
is not all that important in the real world". Without a century of research in quantum physics, we'd have no solid-state electronics: no cellphones, no computers, and no internet. Without a three centuries of research into calculus and differential equations (not your strong suit, of course) there'd be no physics. Without a 150 years of research into biology, we'd have no vaccines, no genetic testing for diseases, and no therapies for cancer. Moreover, there's a continuity between research and teaching that you're missing: they reinforce each other. A knowledge of where the cutting edge of research is lends immediacy to any college course; besides, where are we going to get the future researchers in STEM disciplines if we can't inspire them as students in our courses to look beyond the syllabus and ask new questions?
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