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Goldin Shakes Up NASA's Life Sciences Program

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Science  12 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5468, pp. 938-939
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5468.938

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On 1 May NASA Administrator Dan Goldin announced the transfer of the chief of life and microgravity sciences to a new position. Meanwhile, NASA chief scientist Kathie Olsen is reviewing the agency's biological program, which has come under repeated criticism from the National Research Council for its inbred culture, insufficient peer review, and tendency to overstate its findings. Life scientists hope the moves are the first steps toward creating a world-class research program at an agency that has traditionally given short shrift to the field.