Harvard biologist is first woman to lead HHMI

first_imgErin O’Shea, the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been named the sixth president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).A leader in the fields of gene regulation, signal transduction, and systems biology, O’Shea is the institute’s first female president. She has served as HHMI’s chief scientific officer since 2013, and has been an HHMI investigator since 2000.O’Shea’s research is focused on how cells sense and respond to changes in their environment, work that has implications for understanding cancer and other diseases.“We’re delighted to welcome Dr. O’Shea into her new leadership role as the next president of HHMI,” said Kurt Schmoke, chairman of the HHMI trustees and head of the committee that conducted the search. “She is not only a distinguished scientist but also a leader committed to advancing HHMI’s unique role in the research community. Going forward, Dr. O’Shea will build on her accomplishments at HHMI, as well as the success of outgoing HHMI President Bob Tjian. We look forward to this exciting new chapter.”At HHMI, O’Shea will oversee a broad scientific endeavor that includes the HHMI Investigator Program, which supports researchers in HHMI laboratories across the United States. Also in the HHMI portfolio: programs that support early career scientists; initiatives that foster collaborative research; and projects that identify new opportunities to capitalize on the institute’s expertise in biomedical research and science education.“HHMI pursues high-risk, high-reward science that can change the future,” said O’Shea. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the institute, and I look forward to the important work ahead.”A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, O’Shea received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Smith College and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.last_img read more

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Issues with propane availability not expected to ease anytime soon

first_imgDES MOINES — The backup in the propane supply in Iowa is not expected to end very quickly.   Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says it continues to be a demand issue with farmers needing propane to dry crops and others needing it to heat their homes. “It’s not that there’s not enough propane in the country — it has to do with the logistics of getting it where it needs to go,” Naig says.   He says it doesn’t look like there will be a big change in the situation anytime soon. “The things that are going to help alleviate that are getting the harvest completed and warmer temperatures,” Naig says. “I don’t think we are going to see any of those two in the immediate future.”  Suppliers have had to send trucks long distances to get propane and Naig says that may show up in the price. “The price will rise to accommodate for transportation issues if there are any. We hear about some folks putting surcharges on — it’s logical — it needs to be reasonable.  If a supplier is having to drive to Kansas to get the supply — they will have to pass some of that cost on to consumers,” according to Naig. “We will be watching that situation closely.”  He says they would take action if they see the price being raised just to take advantage of the delays in getting propane.last_img read more

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What the 2020 Oscars have given themselves, summed up in the best memes

first_imgEvery year more people are interested in the Oscars awardsAny moment of the Oscars can become meme Image: Reuters On Sunday, February 9, the 92nd edition of the Oscar Awards was held in Los Angeles, prizes that are given every year to recognize people related to the world of cinema who have done a great job during that year. In each edition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences meets to analyze the work of great professionals in the sector to be able to deliver up to 25 statuettes to the best of each branch within the cinema.Every year there are more people who are interested in the awards, but not all do precisely to know who will be the winners of the night. This type of event brings together hundreds of celebrities from around the world and that is why many people get noticed. Some people want to analyze the dress of each of the guests while others simply want to know more about the love life of their famous favorites. Another aspect that has been linked to the Oscar Awards gala for years is the memes of each edition. During this celebration, the highlights of the night and the expressions of some celebrities, among other things, become protagonists of different memes that circulate as gunpowder through social networks.Who will win? For me Billie Eilish takes this statuette too ????#Oscars pic.twitter.com/EbZVJZw7xX– AlejandraLMJ1 ???? (@ Ale_Camzregui27) February 10, 2020QUEEN AMIDALA #Oscars pic.twitter.com/4uDGcWeR9Kcenter_img – zatara (@feyresolo) February 10, 2020When EMINEM left the stage. “Excuse me”#Oscars # Oscar2020 pic.twitter.com/h2G2EV5UVs– Samuel Torres (@ElSamu_BSC) February 10, 2020About #Jason Derulo in the #Oscars it was seen coming pic.twitter.com/aegpqYoY04– Raúl Labrador (@RaulGipsy) February 9, 2020The fall of Jason Derulo, represents way of life #Oscar pic.twitter.com/bNtuie1s8n– Jandira Daza (@ JnDaza17) February 9, 2020When you are already highly ethyl and close an eye to focus. # Oscars2020 # Oscar2020 pic.twitter.com/DWGqOY5MYW– Prometeo Cinema (@PrometeoCinema) February 10, 2020Elsa interpreters singing # Oscar2020 pic.twitter.com/OzI6jlVBIX– Luz Onell (@onell_luz) February 10, 2020last_img read more

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