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Science  21 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5772, pp. 363
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5772.363c

A GRAND HOMECOMING. The British Geological Survey (BGS) has snared the head of earth sciences from France's premier research agency as its next director. John Ludden, a British Canadian who left the United Kingdom after getting his Ph.D. in 1976, will succeed David Falvey, who retires in October.

Taking over an organization founded in 1835 to map the United Kingdom, Ludden sees new technologies such as improved satellite imaging leading to the “rebirth of mapping” along the deep ocean floor and other uncharted areas. Wielding an annual budget of $70 million to $90 million—half of which is government funding—Ludden will continue to forge links between BGS, universities, and commercial companies, focusing on projects such as the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.

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