News Briefs (March 23, 2006)
Soon Jang was named vice president of marketing and business development at Auxora Inc., a Baldwin Park, Calif., developer of optical wavelength management and control technology. Jang was previously COO and vice president of business development at TransOptiX Inc., an Irvine-based provider of optical switches and related engineering services. Before that, he was director of product line management and business development at Newport Corp. and a co-founder of its Photonics and Fiber-optics Automation unit. . . . Nicholas Robert Cozzarelli, editor-in-chief of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, died March 19 of complications from treatment for Burkitt's lymphoma, the university said in a statment. He was 67 and died at his home in Berkeley. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Cozzarelli was known for his research on how, in his words, "proteins push DNA around." During his career, he discovered the action of proteins that knit DNA together after it has been damaged, create the twisting double helix structure, and tie and untie strands of DNA. He advocated the mathematical study of knots to understand the function of these enzymes and how they cut and splice DNA to create and untangle complex knots. Cozzarelli was also a champion of open access publishing -- allowing the public, not just a journal's paid subscribers, to read scientific articles. With funding in 1988 from the National Science Foundation, he founded the Program for Mathematics and Molecular Biology, which helped broaden the boundaries nationally of molecular biology and biochemistry to include more quantitative natural sciences. . . . FEI Co. of Hillsboro, Ore., and Sidec Technologies AB of Sweden announced they will collaborate on commercializing protein tomography solutions and services based on Sidec's proprietary software and intellectual property and FEI's transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). FEI is a developer of cryo-electron microscopy for imaging biological structures, in collaboration with academic groups in Europe and the US. Sidec performs protein imaging using cryo-electron tomography and collaborates with several pharmaceutical companies. Protein tomography involves advanced electron microscopy instrumentation, proprietary data acquisition and reconstruction software to enable the imaging and analysis of individual protein molecules in cells and tissues. FEI and Sidec offer this as a service through Sidec as an on-premises service or through software or other intellectual property license arrangements, combined with a TEM system sale. . . . George H. Miller, a nuclear weapons and national security expert and a leader in large facilities management, was named interim director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), as of March 15. He will serve for the remainder of the University of California’s current contract with the Department of Energy to manage the facility, through September 30, 2007. Miller replaces Michael Anastasio, who is now head of the Los Alamos National Security LLC, which manages Los Alamos National Laboratory. Miller, who joined LLNL as a physicist in 1972, was most recently an associate director-at-large there. He has been a special scientific advisor on weapons activities to the US secretary of energy, associate director for Defense and Nuclear Technologies, associate director for National Security and associate director for National Ignition Facility programs. He is a former chairman of the lab's Council on National Security and is a member of the US Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group.
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