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People in the News: Jul 27, 2010

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Didier Hirsch has been named chief financial officer and senior vice president at Agilent Technologies. Hirsch has been acting CFO and VP of corporate controllership and tax at the company since April. Before joining Agilent, he was director of finance and administration for Hewlett-Packard Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and before that he held a similar post in HP's Asia Pacific business.


Anath Shalev has been named the director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Diabetes Center, effective Oct. 1. Shalev also will be a professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at UAB. She currently is director of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism research in the department of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shalev's laboratory uses array technology to examine potential targets for therapeutic interventions to block apoptosis of pancreatic beta cells. Shalev earned her medical degree from the University of Basel in Switzerland in 1993 and completed a post-graduate scholarship in experimental medicine and biology at the University of Zurich and a research fellowship at Harvard University.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.