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Paired Ends: Leroy Hood, Frederick Hawthorne, Susan Evans, Mike Aicher


US President Barack Obama has named Institute for Systems Biology president Leroy Hood and Frederick Hawthorne, director of the Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at the University of Missouri at Columbia, as two of the 12 new winners of its National Medal of Science awards.

Susan Evans has been appointed to Venaxis' board of directors. She is vice president of scientific affairs for Danaher's Beckman Coulter division. She has held various positions at Beckman Coulter, including as vice president of corporate strategic planning, and vice president/general manager of Beckman Coulter Genomics. She holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Detroit.

Omicia has appointed Mike Aicher to CEO and to the company's board of directors, taking over for Martin Reese, a co-founder of the company. Reese is now Omicia's president and chief scientific officer. Previously, Aicher was CEO of the National Genetics Institute, a company that he co-founded that became a wholly owned subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America. Most recently, he led LabCorp's western division and was responsible for the company's esoteric business units. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Redlands and an MBA in economics from Columbus University.

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.