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CSR Appoints Two New SRAs

Dr. Dana Plude has joined the Center for Scientific Review as a scientific review administrator in the biobehavioral and behavioral processes integrated review group. He will oversee its SSS-R study section, which reviews small business grant applications involving computer-based interventions related to mental health, substance abuse and aging. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Syracuse University, studying lifespan development with emphasis on cognition in the elderly. Plude continued his research at the Veterans Administration outpatient clinic in Boston with a grant from the National Institute on Aging. He then moved to the University of Maryland, where he was associate professor and associate chair in the department of psychology before joining CSR.

Dr. Michael Sveda has joined the Center for Scientific Review as the scientific review administrator of the biochemistry study section. He comes to CSR from SAIC-Frederick, Inc., which supports NCI's Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center. He was acting head of its Protein Expression Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in virology and cell biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, studying genes that control replication of the Friend leukemia virus. At the University of Utah, he worked to identify t-RNA suppressors in mammalian cells. Sveda then cloned and expressed influenza virus genes in the NIAID Laboratory of Infectious Diseases. He later moved to Organon Teknika Corp. to become the director of its molecular biology department, which cloned antibodies and worked to identify tumor antigens. Before going to SAIC-Frederick, he was the company's director of operations.

New NIAAA Council Members

The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism welcomed four new members at its February meeting. Dr. Gail Jensen is a professor in the Institute of Gerontology and economics department, Wayne State University, Detroit. Her research interests encompass markets for private health insurance in the U.S., employer-sponsored health benefits and managed care. Stacia Murphy is president of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in New York City; NCADD is an advocacy group that works to raise awareness of addiction to alcohol or drugs as a disease that is preventable and treatable. She has extensive experience in the field of alcoholism and other drug addictions as an administrator and educator.

NIAAA director Dr. T.K. Li (c) welcomes new council members (from l) Dr. Stephanie O'Malley, Stacia Murphy, Dr. Robert Taylor and Dr. Gail Jensen.

Dr. Stephanie O'Malley is a professor in the psychiatry department, Yale University, where her research focus is alcoholism treatment. She led one of two teams of investigators that demonstrated the effectiveness of naltrexone, an opiate antagonist, in the treatment of alcoholism. The fourth new council member, Dr. Robert Taylor, is chairman of the pharmacology department and professor of pharmacology and medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. A scientist with expertise in toxicology, pharmacology and clinical research, he directs the university's Collaborative Alcohol Research Center.

Four Join NIGMS Advisory Council

Three new members and one ex officio member were recently appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. They are:

Dr. Theodora E. Joan Robinson, professor of biology and dean of the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She is involved in a variety of activities to increase the number of minority students pursuing science careers.

Dr. Yu-li Wang, professor in the department of physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His research focuses on the mechanisms of cell movement and division.

Dr. Shelagh M. Ferguson-Miller, university distinguished professor and chair in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. Her research interests include the study of the structure and function of cytochrome c oxidase, an enzyme critical to the conversion of food and oxygen into energy.

Dr. Robert L. Becker, chief of the division of quantitative pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, was named the council's ex officio representative from the Department of Defense.

NIGMS acting director Dr. Judith H. Greenberg (c) welcomes new council members (from l) Dr. Theodora E. Joan Robinson, Dr. Yu-li Wang, ex officio member Dr. Robert L. Becker and Dr. Shelagh M. Ferguson-Miller.

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