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Vol. LVII, No. 19
September 23, 2005

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Fenton Joins DAIT

Dr. Matthew J. Fenton was recently named chief of the Asthma, Allergy and Inflammation Branch at NIAID'S Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation (DAIT). He received his doctoral degree in biochemistry from Boston University and completed postdoctoral studies in immunology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining DAIT, he served as professor of medicine and director of pulmonary research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Previously, he was a professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Fenton also served as a member of the experimental immunology study section, and later, as chair of the innate immunity and inflammation study section.

Two Join NCCAM's Office of Scientific Review

Dr. Laurie Friedman Donze was appointed as a scientific review administrator at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. A native Californian, she earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. She was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 6 years before coming to the Center for Scientific Review in 2003. Her scientific and clinical expertise relates primarily to the behavioral and "alternative" treatment of obesity. At NCCAM, Donze is responsible for the training and education special emphasis panel, as well as other review panels as needed.

Dr. Martina Schmidt was also appointed as a scientific review administrator at NCCAM. A native of Germany, she earned a B.S. and M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in microbiology, all from the University of Wurzberg, Germany. In 1997, she received a Fogarty fellowship and joined NIH as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Linda Wolff at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology. Schmidt's research focused on analysis of the function and regulation of genes that are involved in myeloid leukemogenesis. In 2004, she joined the Center for Scientific Review as a scientific review administrator intern before her move to NCCAM.

Fencer Pinkus Wins Veterans Championship

Dr. Larry Pinkus, scientific review administrator of the atherosclerosis and inflammation in the cardiovascular sciences study section in the Center for Scientific Review and president of the R&W Fencing Club, won the gold medal in men's saber (age 60+) at the World Veterans Championships on Sept. 3 in Tampa. He was selected by U.S. Fencing for the USA Veterans Fencing team in saber; four men and four women are selected for the team in each weapon (foil, epee and saber) based on points earned in national competitions throughout the year. This is Pinkus' third time on the team (1999, 2004, 2005). He won a bronze medal in saber in 1999. He describes fencing as a "lifetime sport" and a "physical chess game" and has been competing for close to 40 years. He took up the sport in college at Johns Hopkins University, and attributes his success to good coaching (two of his coaches were U.S. Olympic team coaches) and continuing to adapt and refine his game with age. To learn more about the NIH R&W Fencing Club, visit and look under NIH, clubs and fencing.

PHS Commissioned Officers Promoted

The 3rd annual Public Heath Service commissioned officer promotion ceremony, held in Masur Auditorium recently, honored 29 Commissioned Corps officers who work at NIH. RADM Richard G. Wyatt, NIH representative to the Surgeon General's policy advisory council, presided. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni welcomed Surgeon General Richard Carmona, and cited the various collaborative projects under way between NIH and the Office of the Surgeon General. Carmona gave keynote remarks and officiated, along with Deputy Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu.

U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (second from l) and NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (r) challenge each other on who can attach CDR Michelle Leff’s boards the fastest.  
The officials congratulated the promoted officers and their families on their career advancement and accomplishments. Special to this year's event was the honoring of NIH officers who retired during the past year.

Promoted officers included: Nurse Officers: CDR Irene Dustin, CDR Suzanne Fillippi, CDR Dianne Hilligoss, CDR Akua Kwatemaa, CDR Kathleen Morton-Cooper, CDR Linda Scott, CDR Beverly Smith, CDR Susannah Wargo, LCDR Stacy Barley, LCDR Leigh Bernardino, LCDR Geri Hawks, LCDR Jacquin Jones, LCDR Alexi Mosquera, LCDR Madia Ricks, LCDR Doris Wurah; ROG-Medical Officer: CAPT Kirk Druey, CAPT Caroline Philpott; Medical Officer: CAPT Lisa Rider, CAPT Eric Wassermann, CDR Thomas Herndon, CDR Michelle Leff; Scientist Officer: CAPT Rebecca Sheets; Veterinarian Officer: CAPT Yvette Davis, CAPT Donald Gardner, CDR Venita Thornton, LCDR Lauren Davidson; Health Services Officer: LCDR Claudine Samanic; Pharmacist Officer: LCDR Kun Shen; and Environmental Health Officer: LCDR Jason Barr.

The 2005 NIH promoted officers and officials involved in the ceremony pose for a group photo.

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