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David Haussler, Aviv Regev, Michael Stapleton

The International Society for Computational Biology this week presented its Senior Scientist award to David Haussler of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and its Overton Prize to Aviv Regev of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
ISCB’s Senior Scientist award is given to scientists at the “zenith” of their career who have made major contributions to the field of computational biology through research, education, and service, while the Overton Prize, presented in memory of Chris Overton, is awarded to “outstanding investigators” early in their career. 
Haussler has been a principal figure in sequencing and analyzing the human genome and those of other mammals. He is currently developing new statistical and algorithmic methods to explore the molecular evolution of the human genome. He leads the Genome Bioinformatics Group at UCSC, which participates in a number of large-scale public sequencing projects and hosts the UCSC Genome Browser.
Regev studies complex molecular networks and their dynamic changes in light of genetic and environmental factors.
ISCB presented the awards this week during the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology Conference in Toronto.

CambridgeSoft said this week that it has hired Michael Stapleton as vice president of corporate development, “with responsibilities for supporting the company's merger and acquisitions activities.”
Stapleton previously served as chief business officer at BioWisdom and vice president of informatics at Invitrogen.
Prior to that, he was chief operating officer at Accelrys, where he was responsible for integrating Molecular Simulations, Synopsys, Oxford Molecular Group, and Genetics Computer Group under the Accelrys umbrella.

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