Steven H. Safe, professor of veterinary physiology and pharmacology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, is recipient of the 1989 Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar Award. The $300,000 prize recognizes 15 years of Safe’s “strong commitment to toxicological research, training, and education," particularly in his studies of toxic dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the relationships of these substances to cancer and birth defects.

The University of California Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Education Program recently announced the appointment of Paul H. Silverman to the position of director. Silverman will have overall management responsibility for the Sytem Wide program which operates with a $1.5 million annual budget and which is involved in a range of activities that enable the university to maintain a competitive edge in biotechnology research and education.

Timothy Ferris, a professor of journalism and astronomy at the Univer- sity of California, Berkeley; is the...

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