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Deutsch Named to Head DEAS
Mary Frances Deutsch has been named new director of the Division of Extramural Activities Support (DEAS), effective Mar. 22. She joins NIH from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicaid and State Operations, where she was a grant project officer and health insurance specialist.
Deutsch has worked for the federal government for 5 years. During her tenure at CMS, she received the Administrator's Achievement Award in recognition of expert policy analysis work. She also received the DHHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, as part of the New Freedom, a team effort for "extraordinary initiative, creativity and commitment...in improving the lives of persons with disabilities and enhancing their integration into the community."
Two Join Center for Scientific Review
EAO Group Elects New Co-Chairs
The NIH extramural administrative officers (EAO) group met recently to elect two new co-chairs for 2004. They are Matthew Burr, NEI, and Celena Shirley, NIAID. The two will serve one-year appointments to lead the group in its monthly meetings. Darlene Lee, NEI, will serve this year as treasurer for the group. Outgoing co-chairs are Nadel Griffith, CSR, and Charlotte Wiltshire, NHLBI.
"It has been a great year for me serving as the co-chair for the EAO group," said Wiltshire. "It is a leadership experience that I highly recommend to others as I feel that I have grown tremendously as an individual in taking on this responsibility. It has given me the opportunity to work closely with the EAO members and to contribute to our important role as administrators at NIH."
The EAO group serves as a resource for communicating the latest administrative issues and developments at NIH. To accomplish this goal, the group meets monthly and holds additional "super sessions" and an annual retreat. Information from the NIH executive officer meetings, as well as other projects that are in development, are major sources of information and agenda topics at each meeting. Additionally, subcommittees on topics such as property, travel, events, technology and procurement keep members abreast of developing issues and concerns.
Outgoing co-chair Griffith remarked, "Serving as co-chair during 2003 has been a rewarding experience. In a year when the work scope of administrative offices has grown significantly, the EAO group has provided a forum for information dissemination and idea-sharing. I am privileged to have co-chaired the group during this time and encourage participation of all EAOs in 2004."
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