Two NIH'ers Use MC to Boost Careers
Carol Hayden, contract specialist, and Wendy Rivera,
purchasing agent with the Division of Station Support Acquisitions,
OLAO, OD, are completing Cooperative Education I this spring through
Montgomery College. This 3-credit course targets new learning in
Both Hayden and Rivera were recently promoted to
their respective positions and are focusing on new learning in
their jobs. The two students, their supervisors, and the Montgomery
College instructor collaborated to create learning contracts that
link new learning and new job responsibilities. The course and
discussions were a factor in at least one of the promotions.
Along with meeting the requirements of their jobs,
students attend three seminars at Montgomery College, create a
critique of their job performance and develop a resumé at the completion
of the course. Both Hayden and Rivera are pursuing business degrees
at Montgomery College.
NIEHS Teams Wins 'Best Paper'
|Researchers in the Laboratory of Computational
Biology and Risk Analysis, within the National Toxicology Program
at NIEHS, have something to smile about these days. Their paper, “Gene
Interaction Network Suggests Dioxin Induces a Significant Linkage
between Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor and Retinoic Acid Receptor
Beta,” was selected best paper by the Society of Toxicology.
The paper was published in the NIEHS journal Environmental
Health Perspectives in August 2004. Paper authors include
(from l) Hideko Sone; Nigel Walker; Fred Parham; on the computer
screen is Hiro Toyoshiba, lead author, who has now returned
to Japan; Chris Portier, senior author and director of the
Environmental Toxicology Program at NIEHS; and Janelle Martinez.
Not shown is Takeharu Yamanaka, who has also returned to Japan.
Kerr Named NINR Deputy Director
Dr. Mary E. Kerr recently joined the National
Institute of Nursing Research as deputy director.
|Dr. Mary E. Kerr
"Dr. Kerr brings to NINR an outstanding record of
scientific achievement and leadership in studies of nursing science," said
NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. "We're excited that she has joined
us." Kerr comes to NINR from the University of Pittsburgh, where
she has served most recently as UPMC Health System chair in nursing
science in the School of Nursing. Her primary appointment is professor
in the department of acute and tertiary care nursing in the School
of Nursing and she has a secondary appointment as professor in
the department of neurological surgery in the School of Medicine.
Kerr is also associate director, clinical core, Brain Trauma Research
Center at UPMC.
Kerr's research has focused on preventing cerebral
ischemia and maximizing cerebral perfusion in the critically ill
patient with a neurologic condition. She is particularly interested
in identifying early biomarkers or parameters that help identify
individuals at risk for cerebral ischemia. This includes genetic-specific
variation in an individual's response to and recovery from an acute
neurologic condition such as traumatic brain injury or a ruptured
A faculty member at Pitt since 1991, Kerr served
as director of the Center for Nursing Research, where she mentored
junior investigators, sponsored research activities and advised,
taught and supervised research of undergraduate and graduate students.
In recognition of her teaching skills, she was honored with a Distinguished
Teaching Award in 1996. Kerr served as a member and chair of multiple
university committees, primarily focused on issues related to research
She has received numerous honors and awards throughout
her career. In 2004, she received the University of Pittsburgh
School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award. She received the Excellence
in Nursing, Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania for Nursing Research
in 2002, and in 2001 the Distinguished Research Lectureship Award
from the Eastern Nursing Research Society. She is also a fellow
in both the American Academy of Nursing and in the American College
of Critical Care Medicine.
In addition to authoring and coauthoring over
100 research papers and publications, Kerr has served as manuscript
reviewer for medical and nursing publications. She has participated
in a number of review activities for NIH, such as a permanent
reviewer for the adults and older adults study section of CSR,
and an ad hoc reviewer for several other divisions in CSR. Recently,
she participated in the research themes meeting on public access
chaired by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.
NINDS DVD Wins CINE Golden Eagle
NIH Stroke Scale Training DVD, produced by the NINDS Office of
Communications and Public Liaison, recently won a CINE Golden
Eagle Award. The training DVD is an interactive tool that teaches
medical professionals how to administer and score the scale,
a measure of stroke severity, in a clinical setting.
The studio-produced footage provides views of doctors
performing the scale and illustrates every score on each item of
the scale. The DVD includes two demonstration cases that let viewers
practice the test and grade themselves, and three sets of six patients
each for scoring and submission to an accrediting organization
for certification in the use of the scale. The two-disc set also
includes commentary and tips from national stroke experts.
Since the DVD's release, thousands of physicians,
nurses and other health care professionals have learned how to
administer the scale. In addition, NINDS partnered with the American
Stroke Association to put the footage online, so medical professionals
now have web site access to the training. NINDS recruited a faculty
of experts to help design the training tool to take advantage of
the latest technology and ensure a user-friendly product.
Founded in 1957, CINE is dedicated to discovering,
educating and supporting talent in film and video. The Golden Eagle
award distinguishes excellence in professional and amateur works
and is an internationally recognized symbol of the highest production
standards in filmmaking and videography. Among former winners of
the award are Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and such documentarians
as Ken Burns and Charles Guggenheim.
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