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Headhunters Stalk the Halls of Physics

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Science  30 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5415, pp. 733-734
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5415.733

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Bidding wars are breaking out in academe as prestigious institutions vie for the top researchers in high-profile areas of physics and astronomy. The accelerating pace of mobility threatens to destroy small groups that universities have carefully built up in emerging subfields--sometimes before the Princetons and Harvards saw the trend. Others think the aggressive recruiting actually has benefits, as it spreads ideas around and encourages collaboration.