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Pasteur Recruit Resigns in Battle Over New Unit

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1241-1243
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1241

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PARIS-- On 1 November, Joseph McCormick resigned as chief of a new epidemiology and biostatistics unit he had been hired to create at the Pasteur Institute after a tenure committee decided to postpone a decision on granting him permanent status. McCormick's rapid rise and fall appears to be part of a broader debate over the role of epidemiology at the Pasteur, which traditionally has put a heavy emphasis on basic research. It also reflects the political infighting at the Pasteur in the run-up to elections next year for a new director-general to succeed Maxime Schwartz.