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.