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Lester Crawford, Mark McClellan, Adrian Dillon, Ralph Boyd Jr., Richard Syron, Peter Ellison, Ralph Cicerone, Corey Goodman, William Haseltine

The Bush administration announced Monday that it will nominate Lester Crawford, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration since March, to be commissioner of the agency, filling the opening created when Mark McClellan was appointed to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to becoming acting commissioner, Crawford, a veterinarian by training, served as a deputy FDA commissioner. Previously, he was chairman of the department of physiology-pharmacology at the University of Georgia


Adrian Dillon, chief financial officer for Agilent Technologies, has been named executive vice president for finance and administration, effective March 1. In addition to his current responsibilities for finance, planning and corporate development, information technology and workplace services, Dillon will be responsible for global sourcing, India operations, corporate relations, customer financing and contracts, the company said in a statement.


Ralph Boyd Jr. last week was named chairman of the Freddie Mac Foundation, a charitable organization. He replaces Richard Syron, chairman and CEO of Freddie Mac, who will remain on the board. Syron formerly was chairman of Thermo Electron before joining Freddie Mac.


Peter Ellison will resign as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, effective at the end of the year. He will remain as professor of anthropology, the school said. Ellison was responsible for combining three Harvard biological science programs into the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Program, according to a report in the Harvard Crimson newspaper.


Ralph Cicerone, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, has been elected as the next president of the National Academy of Science, with his six-year term beginning July 1. Barbara Schaal, professor of biology at Washington University, St. Louis, was elected vice president. She will serve a four-year term. Named to the governing council were: Claude Canizares, professor of experimental physics and associate provost at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Gerald Fischbach, executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences and dean of medicine at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons; Jerry Gollub, professor of natural sciences at Haverford College; and Joyce Marcus, professor of cultural evolution at the University of Michigan. They will serve three-year terms.


BayBio, a life-sciences industry association for Northern California, has named Corey Goodman of Renovis, Victoria Hale of the Institute for OneWorld Health, Steve James of KAI Pharmaceuticals, Joel Marcus of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Phil Moody of Chiron, Alan Mendelson of Latham & Watkins, Kim Popovits of Genomic Health, and Dan Welch of InterMune to the board of directors.


William Haseltine, the founder of Human Genome Sciences and a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, last week was named chairman of the scientific advisory board of Matrix Laboratories of Hyderabad, India.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.