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People in the News: Nov 5, 2008

The Arizona Technology Council last week announced the appointment of four new executive officers and ten new directors to its board.
The following newly appointed executive officers will serve two-year terms ending Oct. 31, 2010: Chairman Steve Phillips, CIO, Avnet; Chairman Emeritus Michael Berens, director, Cancer and Cell Biology Division, Translational Genomics Institute; Secretary Ray Harris, director, Fennemore Craig; and Treasurer Kevin McHolland, CPA, partner, Ernst & Young.
The newly appointed directors that will serve three-year terms ending Oct. 31, 2011 are: David Beauchamp, partner, Bryan Cave; Thomas Campbell, partner, Lewis and Roca; Kathleen Collins, Mesa functional chief engineer, Boeing; John Cummerford, shareholder, intellectual property and technology, Greenburg Traurig; Joe Drazek, partner, Quarles and Brady; MaryAnn Guerra, president, TGen Accelerators, and chief business officer, TGen; Carl Lytikainen, senior vice president of technical services, Lumension Security; Jane Poynter, president, Paragon Space Development Corporation; R. F. “Rick” Shangraw, vice president for research and economic affairs, Arizona State University; and Judith Weiss, partner, Perkins Coie Brown & Bain.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton this week said that Joy Arnold has been named partner and Bhavana Joneja has been named special counsel in the firm’s New York office.
Both employees most recently practiced in the New York office of Heller Ehrman.
Arnold received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991. Prior to law school, she worked in the department of cardiovascular biochemistry at Bristol-Myers Squibb and the department of molecular biology at GlaxoSmithKline.
Sheppard Mullin said that Joneja’s litigation experience includes participation in all facets of pretrial discovery and trial work in both district courts and the US International Trade Commission courts. She received a JD from Fordham University in 2003 and a PhD in biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology from Pennsylvania State University in 1998.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.