Academy members, with high hopes for his administration, expect Alberts to boost NAS's image and influence

Members of the National Academy of Sciences say they are eagerly anticipating the presidency of Bruce M. Alberts. The University of California, San Francisco, molecular biologist assumes leadership of the 1,683-member honorary body--as well as the chairmanship of the 1,200-employee National Research Council (NRC)--on July 1.

"The academy is going to change under Alberts because of the kind of person he is," says NAS member Marilyn Farquhar, coordinator of the new division of cellular and molecular medicine at UC-San Diego.

Farquhar and other academy members say that, with the current funding crisis in the United States government and here, it is especially important for the academy, which represents the country's most highly respected scientists, to help shape national science and technology policy. To that end, they say, it is important for the academy to...

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