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Movers & Shakers: Aug 27, 2010


Joseph Nadeau this week was appointed to the newly created position of director of research and academic affairs at the Institute of Systems Biology.

Previously he was the James H. Jewel professor and chair of the genetics department at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine where his research focused on discoveries in experimental models of human diseases such as cancers and obesity. He has also been a longtime ISB collaborator.

Caris Life Sciences this week named Winston Lam executive vice president of business development and chief legal officer.

Previously Lam was group vice president and associate general counsel for the global pharmaceutical business at Schering-Plough. Prior to that, he led business development functions at McKesson and Baxter Healthcare.

Agilent last week gave Thomas Hartung, director of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, an Agilent Thought Leader Award for his research into using toxicity pathways to predict developmental neurotoxicity.

Hartung's work "could help identify possible contributions of chemicals to disorders such as autism and attention hyperactivity disorders," Agilent said. The award includes funding and a donation of instruments worth more than $500,000.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

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