Ralph J. Cicerone (1943–2016)

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Science  02 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6316, pp. 1107
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4054

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Ask which university in the United States does the most to improve career outcomes for low-income students, and the University of California (UC), Irvine, comes out on top, based on surveys. This is the fertile environment for teaching and research that Ralph J. Cicerone, as chancellor (1998–2005), brought to international prominence. Walk around the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and hear the echoes of more than a century and a half of lofty debate among the nation's most respected scientists. This is the sanctuary for science that Cicerone, as president (2005–2016), lovingly nurtured and enhanced.