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Richard Begley, Gregory Sebasky, Craig Mello, Douglas Coleman, Jeffrey Friedman, Andrew Fire, Brenda Milner, Endel Tulving, Steve Duarte

Richard Begley, former president and CEO of 454 Corp. of Branford, Conn., has joined Ensemble Discovery of Cambridge, Mass., as president and CEO, the company said this week. Begley previously was a senior manager at Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment, Perkin Elmer, and Los Alamos National Lab.

Gregory Sebasky was named to the board of directors of Mt. Laurel, NJ-based MedQuist, the company said last week. Sebasky previously served as president of MedQuist from February 2004 until March, when he joined Philips Medical Systems as senior vice president and CEO of global customer services. Previously, Sebasky was senior vice president of operations for the cardiac and monitoring systems business of Philips Medical Systems. Prior to that, he held senior positions in finance and general management at Hewlett-Packard's medical products group and was vice president and general manager of new ventures within Agilent Technologies healthcare solutions group, which was sold to Philips in August 2001.

Craig Mello, chairman of molecular medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was one of six scientists named as winners of the Gairdner International awards announced last week. Other winners included: Douglas Coleman, senior staff scientist, emeritus, of the Jackson Lab of Bar Harbor, Maine; Jeffrey Friedman of The Rockefeller University of New York and director of the Staff Center for Human Genetics; Andrew Fire, professor of pathology and genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine; Brenda Milner, professor of cognitive neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University in Montreal; and Endel Tulving, chairman of cognitive neuroscience, Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto.

Steve Duarte, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, was awarded nearly $500,000 last week in US District Court in Denver in a lawsuit Duarte won against Agilent Technologies, his employer for 19 years. According to news reports, the court ruled that Agilent had not given Duarte a "fair opportunity to resume his previous duties" in human resources in firing him four months after Duarte returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, or USERRA, bars employers from firing returning veterans within the first year, except with cause. The court awarded him $498,261 in back pay and future pay plus interest, as well as attorney's fees and costs.

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