LEAVING HOWARD HUGHES After serving as the president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1987, Purnell W. Choppin has announced his resignation. "While my enthusiasm for the position I have been privileged to hold and my dedication to the Institute remain as intense as ever, I believe that it will be time for someone to take up the reins and lead HHMI into the new millennium," Choppin wrote in a letter to the institute's staff. He will remain in the position through 1999. Under Choppin's tenure, the institute's budget grew from $77 million to $556 million. Choppin also oversaw the construction of the Institute's campus headquarters and conference center in Chevy Chase, Md. Choppin came to HHMI in 1985 as vice president and chief scientific officer from Rockefeller University, where he was Leon Hess Professor of Virology, vice president for academic programs, and dean of graduate studies. He headed...

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