CSR's Gilbert Meier Retires
Dr. Gilbert W. Meier
Dr. Gilbert W. Meier has retired after 11 years as a scientific review administrator with the Center for Scientific Review. When he came to CSR (then the Division of Research Grants), he was well-known as, in his own words, "a developmental psychobiologist." His scholarly efforts had focused on the "elaboration of behavior in the physical and social contexts in which development usually occurs, and on the environmental contingencies by which behavior is controlled." He had published extensively in this area.
Previously, Meier had been on the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico, where he had been an adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry as well as a professor in the School of Medicine; the director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center; and managing editor of the Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal. Earlier positions had been with: Vanderbilt University, NIH (he was chief of the neuropsychology section and acting chief of the neurology institute's Laboratory of Perinatal Physiology), George Peabody College for Teachers, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was a professor of medical psychology and research director of a children's rehabilitation institute.
At CSR, Meier managed the visual sciences 2-A study section before moving to a study section in the AIDS and related research group, where he stayed until retirement. During this time, he also became a referral officer responsible for the assignment of AIDS applications. In all, Meier found his work at CSR a wonderful, all-consuming "end of career career."
His retirement plans include an imminent move to Austin, Tex., where his son and daughter-in-law are on the University of Texas faculty, and where his grandchildren live. While Meier plans to be a consultant, his major effort will be to prepare for some extensive "fathering and grandfathering."