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Long Named NIAAA Executive Officer

Stephen W. Long was recently appointed new executive officer for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He brings to the position more than 29 years of experience in administration, budget, grants and contracts, planning, legislation, policy and human resource management. According to Dr. Enoch Gordis, NIAAA director, "One of Steve's greatest strengths is his ability to identify needs, whether in our organization or elsewhere in the alcohol field, and to draw upon his in-depth knowledge of government workings and his remarkable inventiveness to get things done."

As one example, in his recent position as director of the NIAAA Office of Policy, Legislation, and Public Liaison, Long mobilized a national initiative to help state alcohol treatment centers adopt current, research-based alcoholism treatments despite federal budget cuts.

Targeting another need, in 1998 Long also launched an initiative to combat the growing problem of binge drinking on college campuses. He convened a group of 10 college presidents, 20 alcohol researchers, and a number of college and high school students, which has since developed 24 science and policy papers and two panel reports on the issue. The final product will provide guidance on successful strategies for curbing college binge drinking and establish a national research plan to evaluate these approaches.

Long was the first person in the Public Health Service to serve as both budget officer and planning officer concurrently. This innovation, begun when Long was the director of the Planning and Financial Management Branch for NIAAA from 1981 to 1988, integrated the budget and planning process and served as a model that other institutes have since followed.

Long left NIAAA from 1988 to 1992 to serve as director of financial management for ADAMHA.

Sharing his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of NIH managers is of great importance to him. "One of my most pleasurable experiences is taking an active role in mentoring new talent," he said. He has mentored 12 management interns thus far and was recently appointed chair of the committee that oversees NIH's Management Intern Program and NIH's participation in the Presidential Management Intern Program.

Barnard Joins NIDDK Review Branch

Dr. Michele Barnard, a pulmonary physiologist, has joined NIDDK's Review Branch as a scientific review administrator. Her research has focused on diverse aspects of fluid balance, including the effects of inflammation on microvascular permeability, factors contributing to edema formation and regulation of ion transport. Much of her work was done in the lung, but she has also studied aspects of the kidney, liver and small intestine. She has taught at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1997, she became a senior staff fellow in NHLBI's Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism. Beginning in 1998, Barnard also ran a special emphasis panel reviewing grants in pathophysiological sciences.

NCI's Srivastava To Edit Journal

Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, chief of the biomarkers research group in NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Disease Markers. It publishes original research on the identification of new markers associated with disease, providing a forum for publications dealing with original observations in this developing field. The journal's focus includes: identification of new genetic or nongenetic markers; population studies of new and existing markers; family studies; new techniques for identifying or isolating marker molecules; monoclonal antibodies to define molecular structure of markers; identification of disease-associated abnormalities in DNA using new technologies; and identification of malignantly transformed neoplastic cells. Information about the journal, which is published by IOS Press, can be found at http://www.iospress.nl.


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