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Shake up in Rochester

Future of university's aggressive research expansion in question after chief executive's sudden departure

Peg Brickley(pegbrickley@hotmail.com)

The surprise resignation of Jay H. Stein from the post of chief executive officer at the University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center has some wondering whether efforts to renovate the school's research enterprise will suffer. In the wake of Stein's May 16 decision to quit, UR President Thomas Jackson hastened to reassure researchers that nothing would change in the $500 million, 10-year drive to transform a once moribund scientific community into a powerhouse.

But others seemed shaken by the change, which appeared as a sudden rift in what had been a close, eight-year alliance between Jackson and the man he put in charge of the medical center, Stein.

Among those concerned is Stanford University biochemist and Nobel laureate Arthur Kornberg, whose name adorns a new 224,000-square-foot research facility at UR. Asked whether the university's drive to the top ranks of research institutions will survive Stein's departure, Kornberg said, "That's pretty...

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