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Rita Colwell, Nina Fedoroff, Marshall Larsen

Rita Colwell and Nina Fedoroff are among this week's winners of the National Science Foundation’s 2006 National Medals of Science and Technology.
Fedoroff also this week was named science and technology adviser to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Colwell, a former NSF director, and Fedoroff will receive their awards at a White House celebration on July 27.
Colwell is currently a director of the J. Craig Venter Institute. Fedoroff, meantime, has been a Sigma-Aldrich director since 1996. She is a professor at Penn State University and an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute.
As a science adviser at the US Department of State, Fedoroff will function as the department’s chief scientist and as its principal liaison to scientific communities.

Marshall Larsen has been elected to the board of directors of Becton Dickinson effective Sept. 24. Larsen is chairman, president, and CEO of Goodrich Corp., an aerospace and defense products manufacturer. He also serves on the board of governors and executive committee of the US Aerospace Industries Association and is on the board of directors of Lowe’s Companies.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.