Virologist Purnell W Choppin (pronounced "Sho-pan") took office September 1 as president of Howard Hughes Medical Institute at a time of great ferment. His predecessor, Donald S. Fredrickson, deported after a dispute involving controversial management and spending practices [see THE SCIENTIST, June 1, 1987, p. 2, and June 29, p. 1]. At the some time, as port of its agreement last spring with the Internal Revenue Service, HHMI has agreed to increase its financial awards, by on average of at least $50 million a year for a decade. In a major new thrust for Hughes, part of the funds will go to support graduate and undergraduate scientific education. The institute plans to build a conference center and office building in a Washington suburb, drawing fire from neighborhood groups.
Q: What effect has the October stock market crash had on HHMI?
CHOPPIN: Thats a complicated question, which I’ll answer by saying...
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