Keith Stewart Thomson has been elected president of the Academy of Natural Sciences, a 4,000-member society founded in 1812 that sponsors research and educational programs and operates a Natural History Museum in Philadelphia. Thomson, who served as dean of Yale University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1986, will join the Academy's staff as president this spring. Thompson has been with Yale since 1970 and has been a professor of biology, a curator of vertebrate zoology and director of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Frederick de Serres is the new director of Research Triangle Institute's Center for Life Sciences and Toxicology, one of 31 centers at RTI's North Carolina headquarters. Before joining RTI in December, de Serres was with the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C., for 14 years—first as chief of the Environmental Mutagenesis Branch and then as associate director...

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