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Julian Ray, David Smith, Lee Edlefsen, Sue Ranney, Nenad Ban, Bas van Steensel

Systems biology firm Genstruct has appointed Julian Ray as vice president of engineering. He will manage the Genstruct technology platform, customer platforms, and the company's IT functions.
Ray has more than 18 years of experience in designing, developing, and deploying information management systems problems. Prior to joining Genstruct, he was the chief technology officer at auctionPAL, a venture-backed business-to-consumer services company. He received his PhD and MS degrees from the University of Tennessee.

David Smith, Lee Edlefsen, and Sue Ranney have joined Revolution Computing, a commercial provider of software and support for the statistical computing language R.
Smith will be director of community at the company and responsible for coordinating development and marketing projects between R users, developers, and the RPro community.
Smith is a former researcher in the Department of Statistics at Lancaster University in the UK, where he worked on the multi-disciplinary analysis of large and complex datasets and also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. Smith was director of product management for S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products for over eight years.
Edlefsen will serve as vice president of engineering and be responsible for the overall development and quality of the company’s products. Before joining Revolution Computing, Edlefsen was CEO and co-founder of ExaMetrix, the producer of ExaStat, an open source environment for analyzing large data sets. Previously, he served as vice president of development for the Data Analysis Products Division at Insightful Inc.
Ranney is the company's new vice president of product management and will oversee product planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle. Ranney was most recently vice president of ExaMetrix, a software development and consulting company she co-founded in 1999. Prior to that post she held several senior management positions at Insightful Corp., formerly MathSoft, where she contributed to producing S-PLUS, a data analysis and statistics package, and Aum, a technical graphics and data analysis package. She is a former faculty member at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.

The European Molecular Biology Organization has honored 59 leading life scientists, inviting them to become EMBO members. Honorees include Nenad Ban, professor of structural molecular biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and bioinformatician Bas van Steensel from the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital.

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