Roundup 2/12: Problem Transmission Edition

Harvard Medical School has recruited an Eli Lilly executive to fill the newly created position of executive dean for research. Although some onlookers have criticized the hiring of endocrinologist William Chin as blurring the line between academia and the drug industry, Harvard officials say Chin is exactly what the school needs to move bench discoveries to the clinic.

Bolivia's brand new space agency has announced that China will build and launch a communications satellite.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new estimate of the toll for the novel H1N1 flu (left) from its emergence in April 2009 until 16 January.The estimate of 41 to 84 million infected Americans, and fewer than 18,000 deaths, matches the bottom end of a "plausible scenario" explored in a widely read report issued by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in August, one that included much worse death toll of 30,000 to 60,000.

A review of the United Kingdom’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, commonly known as Kew Gardens, calls for the popular tourist attraction to “avoid spreading itself too thinly” in its research efforts and to instead concentrate on strengths such as collections-based science.

(Image Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)