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Marquez Named NIMH Associate Director

Dr. Ernest D. Marquez has been named NIMH associate director for special populations; he will develop and coordinate research on the mental health needs of women and minority populations. Since 1996, he has served as director of the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program at NIGMS, where he directed efforts to recruit minority scientists to conduct biomedical, behavioral and social science research. Previously, he served NIH in leadership roles at the National Institute of Nursing Research; the Staff Training in Extramural Programs committee and as president of the Hispanic Employees Organization. He has received an NIH Director's Award for outstanding service.

Lyster Joins CSR

Dr. Peter Lyster has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the new study section that reviews applications for neuro-informatics under the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative. He received his Ph.D. in plasma physics from Cornell University. While there on a Fulbright scholarship, he developed computational models for nuclear fusion. He continued this research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Lyster then focused on computational models for analyzing earth science data. He worked for 4 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, where he developed high performance computing algorithms to visualize geophysical data. He spent the next 7 years at the NASA Data Assimilation Office at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. He was the principal investigator there on a grant from NASA to develop computational methods for assimilating atmospheric data into models of weather and climate change.

Shrestha Named to NIA Post

Dr. Laura Shrestha has been named deputy associate director for the behavioral and social research program at the National Institute on Aging. She brings to the position problem-solving skills developed while administering loans for the World Bank. "I'm thrilled to be back. I received a lot of my original training from the NIA," she said, explaining that while she was a trainee, NIA funded her doctoral degree in demography at the University of Pennsylvania and her postdoctoral work. She attended the NIA 1993 Summer Institute at the Airlie House before joining the World Bank in 1994, where she managed a $63 million, 4-year loan to help the Ukraine government arrest the spread of tuberculosis, AIDS and HIV.

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