Thursday, July 23, 2015

Boom in Academic Poaching Is Fueled by Visions of Economic Development

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 23rd, 2015

Sean J. Morrison, professor of pediatrics: $10 million. James P. Allison, professor of immunology: $10 million. Nancy A. Jenkins and Neal G. Copeland, deans of cancer biology and genetics: $7.5 million each.
Such are the hefty recruiting packages that lured four researchers — along with their labs and staffs — to Texas. They’ve joined 80 other leading cancer researchers who have moved to Texas’ universities and institutes over the past five years thanks to a $250-million state-aided spending spree on science superstars.
It’s part of a strategy to make Texas a clear leader in studying cancer — to attack one of humanity’s most devastating diseases and, hopefully, to bolster the state’s economy in the process. Key goals include creating jobs and raising the quality of Texas’ research universities, said Wayne R. Roberts, chief executive officer of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, a state-chartered agency known as Cprit.

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