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More Nominees for Science Roles

US President Joe Biden has announced additional nominees to fill science leadership roles in his administration, Science reports.

Among the dozen new nominees are Asmeret Berhe, Rick Spinrad, and Monica Medina. Berhe, a professor of soil biogeochemistry at the University of California, Merced, has been nominated to be the director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy. As Science notes, that $7 billion research office is the main funder of physical sciences in the US. UC Berkeley's John Harte, who was Berhe's doctoral advisor, tells it that her selection is "totally understandable and makes perfect sense" and that she would bring a "fresh vision" to the office.

Meanwhile, Spinrad, an oceanography professor at Oregon State University, has been tapped to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Monica Medina, an adjunct professor Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and CEO of Our Daily Planet, has been selected to oversee science and climate at the State Department.

The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.