The newly appointed chief executive officer of the New York Academy of Sciences says he hopes to guide the academy to a leadership role in the national and international arenas as well as locally. "One of the academy's central functions must continue to be serving the science and engineering community itself," says Rodney W. Nichols, named to the CEO post late last month. "But the function of serving society, which has always been tacit, really has to rise to equal priority."

Nichols, a former executive vice president of Rockefeller University who since October 1990 has been a scholar-in-residence at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, assumes his post at the 31,000-member academy on April 1. He succeeds Oakes Ames, who resigned last August after less than 2 1/2 years on the job (The Scientist, Sept. 30, 1991, page 3).

The 54-year-old Nichols notes that "New York City is blessed with...

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