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Plan to Merge Texas Schools Runs Into Faculty Opposition

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Science  08 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5962, pp. 137
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5962.137

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On the congenial campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, faculty members in departments such as bioengineering and physics have lately found themselves facing off in a bitter public dispute. The issue: whether Rice, a small research university with deep pockets, should merge with nearby Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), which needs money. Proponents say it is a natural to add a top medical school to Rice's strengths in physical and life sciences. But critics at Rice say that pairing up with BCM is not worth the financial risks.