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Russell Wolfinger, Anthony Caruso, Ron Beavis

Russell Wolfinger, director of scientific discovery and genomics at SAS Institute, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Wolfinger is one of 59 new ASA fellows who will be honored at a ceremony on July 31 at the association’s 167th annual Joint Statistical Meeting in Salt Lake City.
ASA fellows are recognized for their “outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science,” according to an ASA statement.

Anthony Caruso has joined Febit of Medford, Mass., as vice president of informatics and application software. He joins the firm from Lion Bioscience Research, where he was president.
Febit is the US affiliate of Febit Biotech of Heidelberg, Germany. The US office, which opened last August, offers an application lab for potential clients who want to test the company’s Geniom microarray platform.

The University of British Columbia has appointed Ron Beavis as the Canada Research Chair in Experimental Bioinformatics. Beavis is a member of UBC’s Biomedical Research Center whose research focuses on proteomic analysis.

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