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Chad Mirkin, Huntington Willard, Lydia Villa-Komaroff


Chad Mirkin, professor of chemistry and director of the Institute of Nanotechnology & Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly at Northwestern University, was named a winner of the 2002 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize, the Palo Alto, Calif.,-based organization announced last week.

The prizes are made in honor of the pioneer physicist Richard Feynman. Mirkin received an award for his experimental work in molecular machine systems, particularly in DNA. He has published work describing arrays at the 100-nanometer scale.

Huntington Willard has been named director of the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the school announced last week.

Willard, 49, is currently the director and president of the Research Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland. Willard, 49, holds a PhD in human genetics from Yale University.

Lydia Villa-Komaroff is joining the Whitehead Institute as vice president for research and chief operating officer, leaving Northwestern University where she served as vice president for research.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.