On the Way Out

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Science  29 Feb 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5867, pp. 1161
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156805

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As I write, I have just a week or so left as Editor-in-Chief of Science. It is one of those mixed-emotions moments. I'm leaving some wonderful colleagues, which is painful, but on the other hand, my friend Bruce Alberts gets the opportunity to work with them. He deserves the splendid help they will give him, and they will have a leader who understands science, enjoys the deep respect of the community, and led it brilliantly as president of the National Academy of Sciences for a dozen years. So Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are the beneficiaries of a fine appointment. A profile of Bruce (p. 1199) explains why we are in such good hands. Meanwhile, I need to hurry and clean up any loose ends before he asks about them.