Back to the Bench

Harvard University's provost, Steven Hyman, is stepping down at the end of the academic year to return to research, reports The Boston Globe. Hyman is a trained neuroscientist and he plans to take a sabbatical year at the Broad Institute, which the Globe notes, was one of Hyman's efforts to spur interdisciplinary research. "I had intended to do this [job] for five years ...

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