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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


72 New Members Chosen By The National Academy of Sciences

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 9 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The election was held this morning during the business session of the 145th annual meeting of the Academy. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,041. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States. Today's election brings the total number of foreign associates to 397.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

Additional information about the Academy and its members is available online at

Newly elected members and their affiliations at the time of election are:

ADAMS, JERRY M.; senior principal research fellow, research professor, and joint head, molecular genetics of cancer division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

ALBRIGHT, THOMAS D.; professor and director, vision center laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego

ALDRICH, RICHARD W.; professor and Karl Folkers Chair, section of neurobiology, center for learning and memory, University of Texas, Austin

ALLEY, RICHARD B.; Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, department of geosciences and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

ANSELIN, LUC E.; Foundation Professor and director, School of Geographical Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe

ARNOLD, FRANCES H.; Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, department of chemistry and chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

BEUTLER, BRUCE A.; professor and chair, department of genetics, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

BEVAN, MICHAEL J.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, department of immunology, University of Washington, Seattle

BOTCHAN, MICHAEL R.; professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, department of molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley

BOXER, STEVEN G.; Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

BOYLE, EDWARD A.; professor of ocean geochemistry, department of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

BUCHWALD, STEPHEN L.; Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

CARRINGTON, JAMES C.; professor, department of botany and plant pathology, and director, center for genome research and biocomputing, Oregon State University, Corvallis

CARTER, EMILY A.; Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor, department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

CRABTREE, GEORGE W.; senior scientist and director, materials science division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill.

CROPPER, MAUREEN L.; professor of economics, University of Maryland, College Park

DARST, SETH A.; Jack Fishman Professor and head, laboratory of molecular biophysics, Rockefeller University, New York City

DE LONG, EDWARD F.; professor, department of civil and environmental engineering, division of biological engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

DILL, KENNETH A.; professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics, department of pharmaceutical chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

FULLER, MARGARET T.; Reed-Hodgson Professor in Human Biology and professor of genetics, department of developmental biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

GEISLER, WILSON S.; professor of psychology and biomedical engineering and David Wechsler Regents Chair, department of psychology, University of Texas, Austin

GREENBERG, MICHAEL E.; professor, departments of neurology and neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, and director, division of neuroscience, Children's Hospital, Boston

GRUNSTEIN, MICHAEL; professor of biological chemistry, department of biological chemistry, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

GUYER, JANE I.; professor of anthropology, department of anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

HERNQUIST, LARS E.; professor, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.

HILLIS, DAVID M.; director, center for computational biology and bioinformatics, and Roark Centennial Professor, University of Texas, Austin

HOFER, HELMUT; professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York City

HU, EVELYN L.; professor, electrical and computer engineering department, University of California, Santa Barbara

JACOBSEN, ERIC N.; Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry and chemical biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

JENKINS, NANCY A.; deputy director and principal investigator, cell cycle control, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Proteos, Singapore

JONES, PETER WILCOX; professor, department of mathematics, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

KASTNER, MARC A.; Donner Professor and dean of science, School of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

KAUFMAN, THOMAS C.; Distinguished Professor of Biology, department of biology, Indiana University, Bloomington

KAY, STEVE A.; Dean and Richard C. Atkinson Chair, division of biological sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla

KESSLER, RONALD C.; professor, department of health care policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston

KOTTAK, CONRAD P.; Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, department of anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

LEIGHTON, FRANK T.; professor of applied mathematics, department of mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

LEVY, RONALD; professor of medicine and chief, division of oncology, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

LIGGETT, THOMAS M.; professor, department of mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

LINDE, ANDREI; professor of physics, Stanford Institute of Theoretical Physics, department of physics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

LIPPINCOTT-SCHWARTZ, JENNIFER; chief, section on organelle biology, cell biology and metabolism branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

MANDEL, GAIL; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and senior scientist, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

MANGELSDORF, DAVID J.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and chair, department of pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

MASKIN, ERIC S.; Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science, school of social science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

MAX, CLAIRE E.; professor, astronomer, and director, center for adaptive optics, University of California, Santa Cruz

MILLER, DAVID A.B.; W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

MOVSHON, J. ANTHONY; Silver Professor and director, center for neural science, New York University, New York City

MURDOCH, WILLIAM W.; Charles A. Storke II Professor, department of ecology, evolution, and marine biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

OLDSTONE, MICHAEL B.A.; professor and head, viral-immunobiology laboratory, department of immunology and microbial science, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

OLSEN, PAUL E.; Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor, department of earth and environmental sciences, Columbia University, Palisades, N.Y.

PALMER, ROBERT B.; senior scientist and group leader, advanced accelerator group, department of physics, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y.

PARKIN, STUART S.P.; IBM Fellow and manager, magnetoelectronics, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, Calif.

PRESCOTT, EDWARD C.; W.P. Carey Professor of Economics, department of economics, Arizona State University, Tempe

PRIVES, CAROL L.; DaCosta Professor of Biology, department of biological sciences, Columbia University, New York City

RANDALL, LISA J.; professor of theoretical physics, department of physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

RAO, ANJANA; professor of pathology and senior investigator, Immune Disease Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston

RINE, JASPER; professor of genetics, genomics, and development, department of molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley

RUVKUN, GARY; professor of genetics, department of molecular biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

SCHEINKMAN, JOSE A.; Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics, department of economics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

SCHMIDT, BRIAN P.; Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University, Weston Creek, ACT

SCHMITT, JOHANNA; Stephen T. Olney Professor of Natural History, department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

SEIBERG, NATHAN; professor, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.

SEMENZA, GREGG L.; professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore

SKOCPOL, THEDA; Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SMOOT, GEORGE; professor and research scientist, department of physics and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley

STRUHL, GARY; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, department of genetics and development, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

SWAGER, TIMOTHY M.; John D. MacArthur Professor and head, department of chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

THOMPSON, ELIZABETH A.; professor, department of statistics, University of Washington, Seattle

THOMSON, JAMES; MacArthur Professor, departments of anatomy and of obstetrics and gynecology, Genome Center of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, Madison

WISDOM, JACK L.; professor of plantary sciences, department of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

WRIGHT, PETER E.; Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Investigator, department of molecular biology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

YANOFSKY, MARTIN F.; chair, section of cell and developmental biology, and professor, division of biological sciences, University of California, San Diego

Newly elected foreign associates, their affiliations at the time of election, and their country of citizenship are:

ASFAW, BERHANE; manager, Rift Valley Research Service, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

ASPECT, ALAIN; director of research and professor, Ecole Polytechnique Laboratoire Charles Fabry, Institut d'Optique, Orsay, France (France)

CAZENAVE, ANNY; senior scientist, Laboratoire d'Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Toulouse, France (France)

COHEN, PHILIP; Royal Society Research Professor and director of MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

COWLING, RICHARD M.; professor, department of botany, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (South Africa)

CUTLER, E. ANNE; professor, Institute for Cognition and Information, University of Nijmegen, and director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Heilig Landstichting, Netherlands (Australia)

DEAN, CAROLINE; associate research director, John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

GRANT, B. ROSEMARY; research scholar, department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. (United Kingdom)

HAGGETT, PETER; senior research fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies and department of geographical sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

HOFFMANN, JULES A.; Distinguished Class Research Director, IBMC, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Strasbourg, France (France)

IMRY, YOSEPH; professor, department of condensed matter physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (Israel)

LAWTON, JOHN H.; professor, Natural Environment Research Council, Swindon, United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

MARSHALL, BARRY J.; clinical professor of microbiology, University of Western Australia, Crawley (United Kingdom)

MOFFATT, H. KEITH; professor of mathematical physics emeritus, centre for mathematical physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom (United Kingdom)

RODRIGUEZ, LUIS F.; professor of astronomy, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Michoacan (Mexico)

ROSSANT, JANET; chief of research and senior scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada and United Kingdom)

TAO, TERENCE C.; professor, department of mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles (Australia)

ZOLLER, PETER; University Professor, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (Austria)

Source: The National Academies

Sunday, April 20, 2008


BioSpace Career Fair - Coming to Durham, NC

BioSpace is proud to present the Bio NC Career Fair on Thursday, May 1, 2008, from 11am to 4pm at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.

Pre-Register Now

Do not miss the chance to interview with the biopharmaceutical industry's most prestigious companies!

Hundreds of positions are available with industry leaders such as:

All candidates must have at least a four-year college degree and two years of industry related work experience to attend. (Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of a four-year college degree.)

Qualified candidates will receive their invitations and confirmation numbers via email no later than 72 hours prior to the career fair. Pre-screened and accepted candidates must bring a copy of their invitation with confirmation number to the event.

***Other Upcoming Career Fairs***

Biotech Bay Career Fair
May 6, 2008
Burlingame, California

Pharm Country Career Fair
June 5, 2008
Whippany, New Jersey

DDT - BioSpace 2008 Career Fair
August 6, 2008
Boston, Massachusetts

BioCapital Career Fair
September 30, 2008
Bethesda, Maryland

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Best Graduate Schools 2009 -- Biological Sciences

1 Stanford University Stanford, CA Score 4.9

2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Score 4.8

2 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA Score 4.8

4 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA Score 4.7

4 Harvard University Boston, MA Score 4.7

6 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Score 4.6

7 Rockefeller University New York, NY Score 4.5

7 Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, CA Score 4.5

7 University of California--San Francisco San Francisco, CA Score 4.5

7 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO Score 4.5

7 Yale University New Haven, CT Score 4.5

12 Cornell University Ithaca, NY Score 4.4

12 Duke University Durham, NC Score 4.4

12 Princeton University Princeton, NJ Score 4.4

15 Columbia University New York, NY Score 4.3

15 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI Score 4.3

15 University of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI Score 4.3

18 University of California--San Diego La Jolla, CA Score 4.2

18 University of Chicago Chicago, IL Score 4.2

18 University of Washington Seattle, WA Score 4.2

21 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Score 4.1

21 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center--Dallas Dallas, TX Score 4.1

23 University of California--Davis Davis, CA Score 4.0

23 University of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Score 4.0

23 University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX Score 4.0

26 Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Score 3.9

26 Cornell University (Weill) New York, NY Score 3.9

26 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC Score 3.9

29 Indiana University--Bloomington Bloomington, IN Score 3.8

29 Mayo Medical School Rochester, MN Score 3.8

29 Northwestern University Evanston, IL Score 3.8

29 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL Score 3.8

33 University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO Score 3.7

34 Brown University Providence, RI Score 3.6

34 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Score 3.6

34 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Score 3.6

34 Emory University Atlanta, GA Score 3.6

34 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Score 3.6

34 University of California--Irvine Irvine, CA Score 3.6

34 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities St. Paul, MN Score 3.6

34 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Score 3.6

42 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Score 3.5

42 Ohio State University Columbus, OH Score 3.5

42 Pennsylvania State University--University Park University Park, PA Score 3.5

42 Purdue University--West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN Score 3.5

42 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Score 3.5

42 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Score 3.5

48 Brandeis University Waltham, MA Score 3.4

48 Rice University Houston, TX Score 3.4

48 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick Score 3.4

48 SUNY--Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Score 3.4

48 University of Colorado--Denver Denver, CO Score 3.4

48 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Score 3.4

48 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Score 3.4

48 University of Maryland--College Park College Park, MD Score 3.4

48 University of Oregon Eugene, OR Score 3.4

48 Yeshiva University (Einstein) Bronx, NY Score 3.4

Source: U.S.


Statistical Geneticist Position - Golden Helix

Job Description
This scientific position will work closely with the Research & Development department to develop, evaluate, and implement new methods in whole genome SNP and Copy Number association analysis and modeling. In addition to researching emerging methods in new analysis fields, this position will also provide statistical and statistical genetics consulting services to customers. This position is located in beautiful Bozeman, MT, recently ranked the best place to live in America by BizJournal, and also featured in Forbes and Fast Company.

Specifically, the Statistical Geneticist will perform the following:
● The development and implementation of novel methods, as well as the application of these and existing methods to solve complex genomics problems.
● Provide guidance to the R&D department in statistical analyses methodologies, as well as perform occasional programming.
● Serve as a project manager and/or consultant for customers on challenging and leading edge research problems and collaborations.
● Keep abreast of the latest developments in statistical genetics and emerging fields, including sequencing applications and statistical learning theory as it relates to predictive healthcare and diagnostics.
● Publication of research and development findings, as well as creation of scientific posters and presentations, and limited grant writing.
● Maintain stature in the field by participation in scientific societies, presentations at scientific meetings, and attending applicable conferences, as well as maintaining appropriate external contacts in industry groups, regulatory agencies, and academic and research organizations.
● Serve as a resource for the Quality Assurance team to develop test cases for methods, document methods and as a general resource on statistical challenges

At Golden Helix, your values, abilities, and track record of success are at least as important as direct experience. That being said, the right candidate will have the following:

● Ph.D. in Human or Medical Genetics, Statistical Genetics, or Biostatistics with a background in bioinformatics; or a Ph.D. in Computer Science with training and/or experience in biology, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, or human genetics.
● Demonstrated expertise in statistical genetics that is acknowledged by colleagues and peers in the scientific community.
● Proven track record of publications and scientific presentations.
● Familiarity with C/C++, Python, and R programming a plus.
● Strong oral and written communication skills (must read, write and speak fluent English).
● Exhibit core values such as integrity, honesty, ingenuity, and perseverance. Must have a strong commitment to excellence.

About Golden Helix, Inc. Golden Helix, Inc. was founded in 1998 to create cutting edge software that accelerates pharmaceutical productivity and life science research. Golden Helix is an innovative leader in data analysis software and predictive analytics. Our tools and services are used by top researchers and analysts around the world for tasks that require truly advanced analytics, such as finding the genetic causes of disease, predictive compound screening for drug discovery, and developing (industry-leading) risk, attrition, and segmentation models for leading academic and commercial entities.

Located in Bozeman, MT, this position offers competitive pay and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to live in one of the most spectacular places in the world. Ninety miles north of Yellowstone, Bozeman is home to Montana State University in addition to being the high-tech center of Montana. Outdoor enthusiasts have extensive options available to them including skiing (two world-class resorts within 60 minutes), hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing. Cultural opportunities also abound including the world-renowned Museum of the Rockies and the Bozeman Symphony, as well as an abundance of internationally recognized speakers drawn to Bozeman by the university.

If you are interested in this one-of-a-kind opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume and
salary requirements to We look forward to hearing from you!
Jennae Liberty

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