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Dickson To Direct CIT Division

Dr. John Dickson was recently named director of the Division of Computer System Services (DCSS) for the Center for Information Technology. Previously, he was associate director of DCSS, and prior to that, he headed the DCSS high performance scientific computing section. He was the trail boss for the NIH-wide CERTAN IT procurement project from 1994 to 1999. Dickson has worked for NIH since joining NINCDS (now NINDS) in 1979 as a senior staff fellow in the Laboratory of Neuro-Otolaryngology. In 1981, he joined the Division of Computer Research and Technology, the predecessor to CIT, as a systems programmer. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics and a doctorate in physiology.

Star Is New NIDDK Scientific Advisor

Dr. Robert A. Star has joined NIDDK as senior scientific advisor for the extramural Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases, where he has already launched several new genomics initiatives. He established the institute's intramural renal diagnostic and therapeutic unit, where he applies his strong interest in translational research aimed at the earlier diagnosis and treatment of acute renal failure. Once a postdoctoral fellow at NIH, Star returned here after investigating renal transport mechanisms as a professor of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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