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Piqued Chinese Dean Throws Down the Gauntlet

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Science  09 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6048, pp. 1368
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6048.1368

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Ever since neuroscientist Rao Yi moved from Northwestern University to become dean of life sciences at Peking University in 2007, he has been in the spotlight for his outspoken criticism of China's research culture. On 17 August, after the Chinese Academy of Sciences published a list of 145 candidates who had advanced to the next round of elections for the coveted status of academician, from which Rao's name had been dropped, Rao announced that he would never again stand for academician elections. Rao defended his decision in a recent interview with Science.