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EAO Group Elects New Cochairs

The NIH extramural administrative officers (EAO) group met recently to elect two new cochairs for 2005. They are Linda Jacobson and Robin Prigal of NHGRI. They will serve a 1-year appointment to lead the group in its monthly meetings.

Tondalayo Royster of NIAMS will replace NEI's Darlene Lee as treasurer of the group. Outgoing co-chairs are Matthew Burr, NEI, and Celena Shirley-Graham, NIAID.

The group serves as a resource for communicating the latest administrative issues and developments at NIH. To accomplish this goal, the group meets monthly and holds additional "super sessions" and an annual retreat. Information from the executive officer meetings, as well as other projects that are in development, are major sources of discussion and agenda topics at each meeting. Additionally, various EAO subcommittees provide reports to keep members abreast of developing issues and concerns.

Outgoing cochair Burr remarked, "I view participation with the EAO group as vital to keeping well informed about administrative changes that impact NIH. This group provides a forum for AO's to come together and share ideas, form plans of action, work together as a community and serve as an administrative resource to others at NIH."

Members of the EAO group include (from l) Celena Shirley, Tondalayo Royster, Darlene Lee, Robin Prigal, Linda Jacobson and Matthew Burr.

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