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Science  28 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5675, pp. 1241
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5675.1241e

Fresh blood. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has chosen the University of Pennsylvania's Charles Alcock as its next director. He will succeed Irwin Shapiro, who is stepping down after 20 years at the helm.

Alcock, who studies comets and asteroids, “is widely regarded at a fine teacher and mentor, dedicated researcher, and experienced leader,” says David Evans, Smithsonian undersecretary for science. In addition to managing the center's 900-member staff and $110 million annual budget, Alcock will also serve as a professor of astronomy at Harvard University.

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