As we previously reported, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson voluntarily stepped down from serving as commencement speaker for the Johns Hopkins’ Schools of Medicine and Education after students objected to his widely-publicized comments equating homosexuality with bestiality. The School of Education announced last week that it would replace Carson with the ever-popular Wes Moore, and yesterday the School of Medicine announced its last-minute graduation speaker replacement: biophysicist Jon Lorsch.
Lorsch, who will become the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is a research scientist and not an aspiring political pundit — and so is much less likely to offend. The risk instead may be that Lorsch will enthuse too much about the early days of RNA enzyme study.
As director of the NIGMS, Lorsch will control a $2.4 billion budget earmarked for funding basic science research and training young scientists.