The question is whether Veritas, Jack Miller, and other funders will continue to back all of these efforts, or pull out of the more even-handed ones in favor of the more strident — and effectively kill programs like Shell's and Tomasi's.

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One positive development: colleges have become far more transparent about sources of funding for faculty and programs — in large part because of controversies in their medical-research departments. (See "Med School Drug Pushers," News & Features, January 28, 2010.) Although dollar amounts are usually excluded, Tufts, Harvard, MIT, Brown, and others are now posting to their Web sites information about what foundations provide grants, and for what purpose.

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