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John Hanlon, James Mihlik, Myrna Francis, Susan Davidson, Anne Condon


John Hanlon, CFO and executive vice president of Accelrys, will resign on Dec. 31 “to be closer to his family,” according to an 8-K form that Accelrys filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week. James Mihlik, the company’s current worldwide controller, will be acting principal accounting officer while the company looks for a new CFO.

Myrna Francis was elected to the board of directors for Cedara Software, a medical software developer. Francis, who previously served as general manager of IBM Canada’s Health and Life Sciences Industry Group, heads her own healthcare IT consulting practice.

Bioinformatics specialist Susan Davidson was named the inaugural George A. Weiss Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Davidson co-developed the Kleisli data integration system at Penn, and was also the founding co-director of the Penn Center for Bioinformatics from 1997-2000.

The University of British Columbia tapped computational biologist Anne Condon as chair for Women in Science and Engineering, a new program designed to increase the participation of women in science and engineering in the British Columbia and Yukon regions. The $700,000 chair is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and General Motors of Canada.


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The Scan

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Not Always Trusted

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Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.