BANNER YEAR: Sig Hecker will step down on a high note.
Late last month, Sig Hecker, the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, announced that he would leave his post in one year. Hecker says his decision did not hinge on ever-increasing cutbacks at the national labs. On the contrary, he comments, "actually, right now things [at Los Alamos] look as positive scientifically and from a budget standpoint as they have in 10 years. So it's a good time to step down when everything is going well." For 1996-97, he says, "we actually have a budget increase, and I think the other labs are all struggling with either flat or slightly decreasing budgets." In fact, he adds, Los Alamos "expects to add on the order of 100 to 200 scientists and engineers in the next year to 18 months." He has been director of Los Alamos,...

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