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James Rubin, John Yingling, Jasper Rine, Nicholas Jewell, and International Society for Computational Biology

James Rubin resigned as CFO of Tripos on Oct. 12, the company disclosed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week. Rubin will remain a senior vice president at the firm, working full time through Oct. 31 and with a reduced workload after that date. Tripos’ board appointed John Yingling, vice president and chief accounting officer, to replace Rubin as CFO.

Jasper Rine, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, has been appointed director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Computational Biology for a three-year term, effective immediately. Rine replaces Nicholas Jewell, professor of biostatistics and statistics, who served as the initiative's acting director for two years.


The International Society for Computational Biology is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Overton Prize and the fifth annual Senior Scientist Accomplishment Award. Winners of both awards will be invited to present keynote talks at the joint conference of the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and the European Conference of Computational Biology in Vienna, Austria, July 21-25, 2007. Nominations can be submitted here no later than Nov. 30.

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The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.