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People In The News: Aug 19, 2011

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Jackson Laboratory has elected Leo Holt to serve as chairman of its board of trustees. Holt, who is replacing two-term chairman Brian Wruble, is president of Holt Logistics Corp., a marine terminal and logistics systems developer. He has served on Jackson Lab's board of trustees since 2007 and he became vice chairman earlier this year.

Barbara Alving will step down from her role as director of the National Center for Research Resources as of Oct. 1. Alving will leave the job she has held since 2007 at the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year just as NCRR is expected to be disbanded and absorbed by other NIH institutes to make room for the planned National Center for Advancing Translational Science.

Before she started working at NCRR, Alving was a research investigator at the US Food and Drug Administration, acting director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and after working at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research she left the Army at the rank of colonel.

Marc Williams has accepted a partial appointment with the National Human Genome Research Institute to provide a clinical perspective for NHGRI's new strategic plan. He will be working with the Genomic Healthcare Branch, the new genomic medicine program, and other projects as requested. Williams is the director of the Clinical Genetics Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the division of medical genetics and adjunct professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Utah.

David de Graaf, CEO of the predictive biomarker developer Selventa, has been appointed to the scientific advisory board at the non-profit SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.

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