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Richard Green, an assistant professor of biomolecular engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has received a research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The two-year fellowship includes a $50,000 grant to support Green's research, which focuses on genome analysis and the study of ancient DNA.

Green earned a BS in genetics at the University of Georgia, Athens, and a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology, with an emphasis in computational and genomic biology, at UC Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz in January 2010.

Sloan Research Fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars in recognition of achievement and the potential to contribute substantially to their fields. Potential fellows must be nominated for recognition by their peers and are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.


The Bioinformatics Organization is accepting nominations for the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences.

The annual award is presented annually to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted open-access to the materials and methods used in the life sciences.

The winner will receive the award at the 2011 Bio-IT World Conference in Boston in April.

Additional information about the award and the nomination process is available here.

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