Lucy Shapiro has been awarded the National Medal of Science. Shapiro is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig professor of cancer research and director of the Beckman Center in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. She was a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline from 2001 to 2006 and is on the board of Gen-Probe and Pacific Biosciences. She is also a cofounder of Anacor Pharmaceuticals. She holds a BS from Brooklyn College and a PhD in molecular biology from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
Louis Gerstner has been elected chairman of the Broad Institute's board of directors, succeeding outgoing chair Diana Chapman Walsh, who will continue to serve on the board as vice chair.
Gerstner was elected to the Broad's board in 2010. He was CEO and chairman of the board of IBM from 1993 to 2002 and has also served as chairman of the Carlyle Group and CEO of RJR Nabisco.
Chamath Palihapitiya has joined Syapse's board of directors as part of a Series A round of venture capital funding. Palihapitiya is a founder of Social Capital, which led the funding round.