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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Richard Melzer, J. Rollins, Arnold Levine, Thomas Sakmar, Mona Singh


Richard Melzer has resigned as senior vice president of sales and marketing at InforMax, “to pursue other interests,” according to a company statement. J. Rollins has replaced Melzer. Rollins was president and CEO of Sales Tactics, a North Carolina-based software sales and consulting firm, before joining InforMax in May 2001.


Arnold Levine, president of Rockefeller University, resigned last week citing health reasons. However, The New York Times reported that his resignation was connected to accusations regarding a sexual encounter with a young female student, and BioInform’s sister publication GenomeWeb learned from Rockefeller sources later in the week that Levine’s position on the board of embattled biotech firm ImClone may have been a contributing factor to his departure.

University representatives denied that Levine’s ImClone connection had anything to do with his departure and Levine was unavailable for comment.

Thomas Sakmar, professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Chemistry at Rockefeller, was named acting president of the university on February 11. Sakmar’s research focus is on signal transduction, particularly on G-protein-coupled receptors.


Princeton University computational molecular biologist Mona Singh has been named a recipient of the 2001 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Bush’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Singh is developing computing techniques for scanning whole genomes and predicting which proteins are likely to interact with one another.

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The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.