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The Obama Administration has nominated William Brinkman to be director of the US Department of Energy's Office of Science. Brinkman is a senior research physicist at Princeton University and former vice president for research at Bell Labs and at Sandia National Laboratory.


Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008 and more recently a senior fellow for global health with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will return to Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior adviser, effective May 1.

"With a new administration in Washington, a global economic downturn and anticipated reforms in health care finance and delivery, we will look to him again for help and sound guidance," Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a statement.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more