FIC Advisory Board Bids Farewell to Schambra
Fogarty International Center advisory board member Dr. Thomas Malone presented Dr. Philip Schambra with a crystal globe in appreciation of Schambra's 10-year tenure as FIC director. At the Sept. 23 advisory board meeting, Schambra's last as director, members praised him for his vision and commitment and for his role in establishing FIC as a leader in the promotion of global health.
NICHD's Levine Leaves for AcademiaBy Daisy Whittemore
After 31 years at NIH, Dr. Arthur S. Levine, scientific director at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is leaving to begin a new career as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, a new appointment that begins Nov. 1. Levine will have ultimate authority in every facet of health science-related education, research and patient care.
"This was a very critical recruitment effort for us. It is probably the single most important appointment that I will make during my tenure in this office," said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. "We are extremely fortunate to have attracted such a talented and accomplished individual to this key position of academic leadership."
The author or coauthor of more than 240 scientific publications, Levine has called his career opportunities at NICHD "remarkable." Having first joined NIH in 1967 as a clinical associate at NCI and later serving as an NCI branch chief, he has more recently led the Division of Intramural Research at NICHD, comprised of almost 100 basic and clinical research groups deployed among 20 laboratories and branches, with a total workforce of about 1,000 people. Levine also has played a leadership role in NIH-wide matters&emdash;particularly those involving the education and training of young physicians and scientists, the development and allocation of research resources, and strategic planning.
Levine joined NICHD as its scientific director in 1982, believing then that developmental science would soon yield to the new technologies and insights of cellular and molecular biology. He reasoned that a sophisticated understanding of developmental biology would improve our insight into the mechanisms underlying not only genetic and developmental disorders of children, but also many of the common disorders and diseases of adulthood such as cancer and premature aging. In a time of fiscal constraint, he established an intramural program that has realized an extraordinary level of scientific achievement. In a symposium in Levine's honor in November 1996, NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus said, "I am continually impressed with the richness of the program that Art has organized."
A graduate of Columbia University, Levine received his M.D. from Chicago Medical School in 1964. After an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, he served as a fellow in hematology and biochemical genetics.
Friends and colleagues from his long tenure at NIH honored Levine at a reception Oct. 16 in the Cloister. Said NICHD director Dr. Duane Alexander, "Dr. Levine has done incredible things for the NICHD, and for the NIH. He will be truly missed, but the Pitt offer is a wonderful opportunity. We send him off with a thank you, congratulations, and many best wishes for this next exciting endeavor."