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Carrie Wolinetz

The National Institutes of Health has appointed Carrie Wolinetz associate director for science policy, effective Feb. 23. Wolinetz currently serves as president of United for Medical Research, a group that advocates for research funding. She also has been serving as deputy vice president for federal relations with the Association of American Universities. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service's program on Science, Technology & International Affairs, and is a past chair of the advocacy committee for the Association for Women in Science. Wolinetz also previously served as director of scientific affairs and public relations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.