Nobel laureate David Baltimore will assume the presidency of the California Institute of Technology this fall. Baltimore, 59, tells The Scientist he is leaving his post as a professor of molecular biology and immunology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1994, because Caltech is "one of the premier scientific organizations in the world." Baltimore's tenure as president of Rockefeller University in New York lasted just 18 months; he resigned in late 1991 in the midst of a furor caused by a paper (D. Weaver et al., Cell, 45:247-59, 1986) he coauthored with Thereza Imanishi-Kari, who was accused of falsifying data to obtain better results. Baltimore, who was not accused of wrongdoing, nevertheless became a lightning rod for controversy and a subject of congressional hearings for defending Imanishi-Kari, who was later cleared by an appeals panel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

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