Microsoft Research has awarded Wei Wang, a bioinformaticist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of five New Faculty Fellowship Awards, a new program "that honors early-career university professors who demonstrate exceptional talent for novel research and thought leadership in their discipline," Microsoft said. Selected from a pool of 110 nominees representing universities across the United States, Wang and the other five inaugural fellows will each receive a $200,000 cash grant to pursue their research work in computer science. The winners also are given the opportunity to "explore collaborations with some of the top researchers working in their area of interest at Microsoft Research."
The Bioinformatics Organization, an open source bioinformatics advocacy, appointed two new members to its board of directors last week: Paul Stothard and Damian Counsell. Stothard works as a bioinformaticist for Genome Canada, and Counsell is a structural bioinformaticist at the UK Medical Research Council's Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Center.