The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has announced the appointment of ERIN K. O'SHEA as vice president and chief scientific officer. O'Shea, a leader in the fields of gene regulation, signal transduction, and systems biology, currently is an HHMI investigator at Harvard University, where she directs the Center for Systems Biology and serves as Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry and Chemical Biology. O'She, who will start at HHMI part time in January and become full time in July, will lead the organization's Investigator Program, in which role she will be responsible for identifying new institutional opportunities in biomedical research and science education.
LISA GREEN HALL, president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the administration's Community Development Advisory Board, the White House reports. Hall, who joined Calvert in 2005 as chief lending officer, has more than twenty-five years of experience in real estate and community development finance at Fannie Mae, the Enterprise Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and Travelers Insurance. In 1999, she served in the Clinton administration as a senior policy advisor to the National Economic Council.
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has announced the appointment of ANNETTE SAUNOOKE CLAPSADDLE as executive director, effective January 2. Clapsaddle, a former member of the foundation's programming staff, is also a teacher, basketball coach, author, and one-time assistant to the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She succeeds SUSAN JENKINS, the foundation's first executive director.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has announced the appointment of KAREN DAVIS as Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, effective January 1. Davis, a national leader in health policy, served as president of the New York City-based Commonwealth Fund for two decades and chaired the department of health policy and management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She will replace CHAD BOULT, inaugural director of the Lipitz Center, who is leaving to head the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's program on improving healthcare systems.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced the election of VICKI CHANDLER to the board of the Genetics Society of America. Chandler, the foundation's chief program officer, is a plant geneticist and long-time member of the society and has served as editor of the GSA journal GENETICS, as a member of the GSA board, as director of the BIO5 Institute research center at the University of Arizona, and as president of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
In other news, PND notes the passing of GEORGE C. BEDELL on November 28. Bedell, trustee emeritus of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, was an ordained Episcopal priest who later served as vice chancellor of the State University System of Florida and as director of University Press of Florida. He served as a trustee of the fund from 1985 to 1998 and was instrumental in guiding the family foundation's transition from the first to second generation of trustees. "To know George Bedell was to be intellectually challenged, engaged, entertained and enlightened, but especially to be welcomed," said the fund's president, Sherry Magill. "He was generous with his gifts, generous with his time and generous in his curiosity. He cared about what was happening, at the fund and in the world. He was a rare individual and a treasure to all who knew him."