Freed Is New NIEHS Associate Director
Rich Freed, who was NIAID's
director of the Office of Management for New Initiatives, has been
selected as the new associate director for management at NIEHS.
He fills the position that has been open since late last year when
Francine Little retired.
Freed, 36, was a 2000 senior executive fellow at Harvard's Kennedy
School of Government. His wife is a teacher in Maryland. She and
the two Freed children, ages 2 and 4, will move to North Carolina
in late spring or early summer. Until then, Freed will split his
time between Bethesda and Research Triangle Park.
Freed earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University
of Maryland in 1990 and a master's in business administration from Johns
Hopkins University in 1998. He was the principal intramural administrative
officer at NIAID from September 1998 until January 2002.
Freed began his career at NIH in 1990 at NCI, where he served as administrative
officer to several labs and branches. Enrolled in an administrative career
development intern program from July 1993 until October 1995, he completed
rotations in financial management, grants management and human resources.
From 1995 until September 1998, he served as deputy Administrative Resource
Center manager at NCI.
Johnson Named OLRS Deputy
Dr. Alfred Johnson has assumed the
role of deputy director of the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship
(OLRS), Office of Intramural Research, OD. He will develop and manage
programs that offer educational loan repayment and scholarship to
enhance the recruitment and retention of health professionals in
biomedical and biobehavioral research careers. In addition to his
responsibilities at OLRS, Johnson will continue to serve as a principal
investigator in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NCI.
Since joining OLRS in 2000, Johnson has directed the NIH Undergraduate
Scholarship Program (UGSP), which offers scholarships and research
training at NIH to attract undergraduate students from disadvantaged
backgrounds to biomedical research careers.
Johnson earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in chemistry
from Albany State (Ga.) University and a doctorate in biomedical sciences
from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His professional memberships
include the American Association for Cancer Research, where he chairs
the science education committee. He is a two-time past president of the
NIH Black Scientists Association and chair of the communications and membership
He has been a researcher at NCI for more than 18 years and has received
many awards for his science education activities, including three NIH
Director's Awards (one for his mentoring activities) and the NIH Award
Tandon Joins CSR
Dr. Pushpa Tandon is now the
scientific review administrator for the small business biomedical
sensing, measurement and instrumentation study section at the Center
for Scientific Review. After receiving her Ph.D. in India, Tandon
came to this country as a Fogarty International Center fellow to
study neurotoxicant-induced alterations in G-protein linked second
messengers in the hippocampus at the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences. She subsequently studied genetic and neurological
aspects of epilepsy at Boston College, the University of Fribourg,
Switzerland, and Harvard Medical School. Before joining CSR, Tandon
was involved in developing therapeutic interventions, including
stem cell transplantation, for neurodegen-erative diseases at Wellstat
Therapeutics Inc. in Gaithersburg.
Sipe Is CSR Review Policy Web Coordinator
Dr. Jean Sipe has been appointed
review policy web coordinator at the Center for Scientific Review.
She will serve as chair of the scientific review administrator handbook
committee and be responsible for content and dissemination of the
web-based publication. She will continue to serve as SRA of special
study sections that review bioengineering and tissue engineering
grant applications in the musculoskeletal, oral and skin sciences
integrated review group. Prior to joining CSR, Sipe was professor
of biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine. She has
had extensive editing and writing experience, including multiauthor
volumes on reparative medicine and amyloidosis and chapters on amyloidosis
in Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and the Annual
Review of Biochemistry.
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