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People in the News: Ian Lipkin, Guillermina Lozano

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Ian Lipkin has been awarded Villanova University's 2014 Mendel Medal.

Since 1929, Villanova has given the medal to scientists in recognition of their accomplishments. Lipkin is a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and director of the school's Center for Infection and Immunity.

He is credited with the discovery of the implication of West Nile virus as the cause of encephalitis in North America in 1999, the invention of MassTag PCR, and the first panmicrobial microarray.


Guillermina Lozano has been named to the board of directors of the American Association for Cancer Research for its 2014-2017 term.

Lozano is professor and chair of the department of genetics, co-director of the genetically engineered mouse facility, co-director of the Center for Genetics and Genomics, co-director of the sequencing and microarray facility, and co-director of the cancer genetics and epigenetics program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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.