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Dr. Axel V. Wolff

Dr. Axel V. Wolff has been named director of NCRR's Veterinary Resources Program, which provides veterinary support services to NIH intramural scientists. He oversees the largest federal animal research program and manages 450,000-square feet of American Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC)-accredited animal holding space in Bethesda and Poolesville. Wolff joined NCRR in 1989, serving as a veterinarian at the NIH Animal Center in Poolesville. In 1996, he was promoted to chief, Laboratory Animal Service-Poolesville.

Dr. J. Taylor Harden

Dr. J. Taylor Harden has joined the National Institute on Aging as an assistant to the director for special populations. She comes to NIA from NINR and will assist NIA with its research and training programs for special populations, which include the Summer Institute on Aging Research and efforts focused on women, minorities and the disabled. From 1992 to 1994, she was an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing. She has already collaborated with NIA on a number of programs, including the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation, and looks forward to working on many new initiatives.

BIG Installs New Officers

The passing of a gavel officially marked the beginning of a new era for Blacks in Government (BIG) as Felicia Shingler was installed recently as president of the NIH chapter. A writer-editor in NIH's Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, Shingler became the eighth president in the chapter's history, succeeding Zita Givens at the helm of one of BIG's most prestigious chapters.

Shingler is a lifetime BIG member who brings to her new position extensive experience with the organization: member since 1989, former chair of the chapter's young adult resource and development committee, member of BIG's national membership committee, and member of the task force on fairness and employment practices under former NIH director Dr. Bernadine Healy.

Her theme for this administration is "Communication -- Bridge for Unity," a reflection of her commitment to foster greater communication and understanding between BIG and NIH management and employees.

Newly installed NIH BIG chapter officers include (from left to right) Felicia Shingler, president; Earl Simmons, first vice president; Johnny E. Lindsay, second vice president; Alesha Hopkins, recording secretary; Jacque Ballard, regional representative; and Joy Pinkney, regional representative. Not shown in this picture are Nailah Agyemann, elections committee; Albert Parrish, treasurer.

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