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MIT institute director resigns amid controversy

Picower head Tonegawa criticized after discouraging rival institute's candidate

Andrew Holtz
The director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will leave his position at the end of the year, following a university report that criticized his actions after another MIT neuroscience institute offered a job to a young researcher in his field. Susumu Tonegawa plans to continue his research at the institute and will retain his faculty position at MIT."It has been my great privilege to lead the transformation of the Picower Institute from its origins as the Center for Learning and Memory to its place today as a recognized world leader in neuroscience research," the 67-year-old Nobel laureate wrote in a statement. MIT Provost Rafael Rief released a response on behalf of MIT. "We respect Professor Tonegawa's decision to step down as director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. We are grateful for the impact he has had in...

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