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Silence Is Golden

James Watson, it seems, won't be quiet. In a panel discussion to be held on February 25 at the New York Academy of Sciences following the film screening of Naturally Obsessed, The Making of a Scientist, Watson and others will talk about the state of scientific training in the U.S. SciAm's Ivan Oransky wonders how, in fact, the same man who "[savaged] Rosalind Franklin -- from whom many say Watson stole ideas that led to the Nobel he shared with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins for figuring out the structure of DNA," could be the best selection for a panel discussion that includes an African-American woman scientist. "Word is that he's very committed to this subject and really focused when it comes to discussing it," a NYAS spokesperson told Oransky.