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People in the News: Mar 23, 2010

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Agilent Technologies has appointed Rick Burdsall, who currently is the firm's vice president and chief information officer, to the newly created position of chief infrastructure officer. In this new role, Burdsall will be responsible for IT, global sourcing, workplace services, and infrastructure integration related to the company's pending acquisition of Varian. He previously served as Agilent's vice president of information technology solution services, and as a marketing manager in the semiconductor products group at Hewlett-Packard.


Osmetech said that Chief Financial Officer David Sandilands has resigned. He is being replaced by Steven Kemper, who has served as senior vice president of finance for Osmetech Technology, a subsidiary of the firm. Kemper also currently serves as president of Pacific Financial Consulting.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.