Update Tuesday: New Names For HeLa Film And Defense Innovation Board

Two quick items that have little or no relation to each other.

The film adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks continues with the casting announcements.  Renée Elise Goldsberry has joined the cast as the title character, whose cells were taken and used for medical research without her knowledge or consent.  Goldsberry is best known for her Tony-winning role as Angelica Schuyler Church in the play Hamilton.  She recently left the play, and depending on when this film comes out, it might be a way for her to be seen by more people than managed to see her off or on Broadway.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently announced several additions to the Department’s Innovation Advisory Board.  This would expand the board to 15 members, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is board chair.  Secretary Carter has asked the board to identify private-sector practices and technology solutions that the Department could adopt.  The full roster of board members is (names of the new additions in bold italics):

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Alphabet Inc. (DIAB chair)
Jeff Bezos, president, chairman and CEO, Amazon Inc.
Adam Grant, professor, Wharton School of Business
Danny Hillis, computer theorist & co-founder, Applied Inventions
Reid Hoffman, co-founder, LinkedIn, and partner, Greylock Partners
Walter Isaacson, president & CEO, Aspen Institute
Eric Lander, president and founding director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Marne Levine, chief operating officer, Instagram
J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president for science and technology, United Technologies
William McRaven, chancellor, University of Texas System
Milo Medin, vice president, Access Services, Google Capital
Richard Murray, professor, California Institute of Technology
Jennifer Pahlka, founder, Code for America
Cass Sunstein, professor, Harvard Law School
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author

You might notice a few notable names (for instance, Sunstein is scheduled to be on The Late ShowThe Nightly Show later this week) on the board.  The board is expected to provide initial recommendations by October.


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