Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford University and a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been appointed the next Editor-in-Chief of Science. A neuroscientist by training, Kennedy is currently Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford.
Kennedy's appointment was announced on 9 November by the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which publishes Science. Board chair M.R.C. Greenwood, chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in a statement: "He brings to this task a broad understanding of current science issues, a wealth of experience in government and university, and incomparable insight." He will take over the editorship on 1 June 2000 from Floyd Bloom, who announced last year that he would not seek a second 5-year term when his current appointment expires in May 2000. Kennedy will retain his Stanford faculty position through the 2000--2001 academic year.
Kennedy, 68, received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and joined the Stanford faculty in 1960. His research focused on invertebrate neurobiology, in particular on how organisms generate and control patterned motor output. He served as FDA commissioner from 1977 to 1979, returned to Stanford as provost, and was appointed president in 1980, a position he held for 12 years.
His current research and teaching focuses on environmental policy. He co-chairs an interdisciplinary center at Stanford that explores the development of policies on issues such as land-use changes, shifts in agricultural practices, and global climate change.