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Remembering Jacob Schwartz

The New York Times reports that Jacob Schwartz, who founded New York University's computer science department and was a professor at the school's Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, died on Monday at the age of 79. Schwartz was a pioneer in the use of supercomputing, designing one of the earliest versions of a parallel computer in the late '70s. "In 1999, Dr. Schwartz became interested in molecular biology and began a multiyear collaboration with Michael Wigler, a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory," the article notes, adding that Schwartz had still been engaged in molecular biology research at the time of his death.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.