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Dr. Patricia A. Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, has been named one of the top 100 Irish Americans of the Year by the magazine Irish America. The list appears in the April/May issue. She is cited for her expertise in research on stroke and its effects. Internationally recognized for her work, Grady has written many articles on stroke, and has served as editorial board member of major stroke journals. She is one of two bioscience researchers on the list the other being Dr. Michael Lyons, cancer researcher at Rockefeller University. Federal agency head Sean O'Keefe, administrator of NASA, also made the list.
Both of Grady's parents have Irish roots. Her father is a first-generation Irish-American from County Clare, and her mother's family is from County Cork. Grady is proud of her Irish ancestry, saying, "The philosophy and humor of the Irish have been very important in framing my outlook on life."
People on the list also include those recognized for education, medicine, the media, public service, politics, writing, exploration and entertainment. Edward Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy (Schlossberg), as well as Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson made the list. Homeland Security's Tom Ridge, Pfc. Jessica Lynch, and Thomas Kean of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks are there. From the Senate's Susan Collins to The West Wing's Martin Sheen, the Irish Americans cited in the magazine have all contributed to intellectual, policy and cultural advances in the United States.http://www.mcwomensfair.org/.
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