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.