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People in the News: Mar 26, 2009

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that Stanford University researcher Howard Chang has been appointed to a six-year term as part of the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists.

Chang, an associate professor of dermatology, will receive $1.5 million over six years to support his research into the function of long, non-coding RNAs, according to HHMI.


Traversa Therapeutics has appointed two new members to its scientific advisory board.

Joining the SAB are William Kaelin, a professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Yitzhak Tor, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

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.