Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cooperation or Collusion? Lawsuit Accuses Duke and UNC of Faculty Non-Poaching Deal

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 9th, 2015

The University of Southern California is an ambitious institution. So when it saw a chance to take a major research project on Alzheimer’s disease from the University of California at San Diego, it jumped. USC this summer hired away most of the 70-person operation from UC-San Diego, sparking angry recriminations and a lawsuit.
When Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faced a somewhat similar situation a few years ago, however, they appear to have handled it in a much more neighborly fashion.
That’s the charge leveled in a lawsuit and supported by a former Duke spokesman: Rather than try to outbid each other for scientific talent, the two local research giants have quietly established a friendly détente, observing a general ban on hiring faculty members from the other institution.

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