While Debating Visas, U.S. May Miss Bigger Keys to Scientific Success

While Debating Visas, U.S. May Miss Bigger Keys to Scientific Success 1

Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Xiao-Wei Chen, who studied cholesterol metabolism at the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, declined a job 
at the National Institutes of Health in favor of an offer from Peking U.

For years, U.S. policy makers have been debating the idea of granting green cards to foreigners with science doctorates. The cell biologist Xiao-Wei Chen, at the University of Michigan is no longer waiting for them to decide.

Mr. Chen, whose work on cholesterol metabolism helped him win a job competition this year at the National Institutes of Health, is instead making plans to return home to China and his undergraduate institution, Peking University.

"The opportunities there