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Donald Hunt, Barbara Alving, Greg Lucier, Samuel Mitchell

Donald Hunt was awarded the 2007 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Award at the organization's conference this week. Hunt is a professor in chemistry and pathology at the University of Virginia and an innovator in the use of mass spectrometry in protein analysis and proteomics.

Barbara Alving was named director of the National Center for Research Resources by NIH Director Elias Zerhouni this week. Alving has been acting director where she oversaw the launch of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards. As director, she will be in charge of a budget of more than $1 billion. The NCRR funds researchers on work ranging from basic and clinical projects to community outreach and education.

Biocom this week said that Invitrogen CEO and President Greg Lucier will be the chairman of its board for 2007-2008. Biocom is the association for the Southern California life science community.

Agilent announced this week that Samuel Mitchell, a senior scientist at Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, is the grand prize winner of the company’s Lab Makeover Sweepstakes. Mitchell wins Agilent’s 1200 Series HPLC paired with an Agilent 6510 QTOF LC/MS system, valued at $525,000.
The first-ever European promotion was designed to celebrate the largest multi-platform launch in the history of Agilent’s Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis business, the 1200 Series HPLC and the 6000 Series LC/MS portfolio, the company said in a statement.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.