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Vol. LVII, No. 25
December 16, 2005

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Minority Program Director Is a 'Professor of Year'

Dr. Carlos G. Gutierrez, director of two NIGMS minority programs at California State University, Los Angeles, was recently honored as a U.S. Professor of the Year. The award, established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, went to four individuals this year in recognition of their extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching. Gutierrez, a professor of chemistry, directs the NIGMS-funded Minority Access to Research Careers and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs. He is also a former member of the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. "Dr. Gutierrez is well known as an energetic and effective advocate for student and faculty development, particularly through his efforts to encourage underrepresented minority students to enter the sciences. He shows us what is possible and sets a standard for others to follow," said Dr. Clifton Poodry, director of the NIGMS Division of Minority Opportunities in Research. Over the course of his career, Gutierrez is credited with mentoring more than 200 students.

NIBIB Welcomes New Interdisciplinary Training Director

Dr. Richard Baird recently joined the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering as director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training. His specialty areas include extramural training and career development. Prior to joining NIBIB, he was director of research at the Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Baird received his doctorate in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, he became a research scientist at the R.S. Dow Neurological Sciences Institute and an adjunct faculty member in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. In 1998, he became head of the Fay and Carl Simons Center for Biology and Hearing and Deafness at the Central Institute for the Deaf, Spencer T. Olin professor in the department of speech and hearing at Washington University, and an adjunct faculty member of the department of otolaryngology and the department of anatomy and neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He also founded and directed the Inner Ear Consortium, a group encouraging collaboration among researchers working on the development, function and regeneration of the inner ear and supporting state-of-the-art core facilities in digital imaging, electron microscopy, molecular biology and electronic services.

NICHD Council Gains Six

Recently, six new members were appointed to the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council. Shown are (back row, from l) Dr. Judith G. Hall, professor, department of pediatrics at British Columbia's Children's Hospital in Vancouver; Dr. Ralph Kauffman, chair of the medical research department at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City; Dr. Sergio R. Ojeda, senior scientist and division head at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, Ore.; Dr. Donald Stein, Asa G. Candler professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta; and Dr. William Z. Rymer, director, department of research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Not available for the photo was new council member Tracey Klein, an attorney with Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, S.C., in Milwaukee. Shown in the front row are NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox (l) and institute director Dr. Duane Alexander.

Grantee Jarvis Featured on 'Nova'

The public television show NOVA scienceNOW recently featured an NIH grantee who is also a former participant in two NIGMS minority programs. A profile of Dr. Erich D. Jarvis, an associate professor in the department of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, aired on Oct. 18. The profile, available online at, provides insight into Jarvis's decision to change his career aspirations from a dancer to a scientist and describes his research on vocal communication in songbirds. He participated in the NIGMS Minority Biomedical Research Support and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) programs as an undergraduate student at the City University of New York, Hunter College, where he received a bachelor's degree in biology and mathematics in 1988. He went on to become a MARC predoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University, receiving a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology and animal behavior in 1995. He is currently an NIMH and NIDCD grantee and is among the 13 recipients of this year's NIH Director's Pioneer Awards.

ASHA Honors NINDS's Ludlow

Dr. Christy Ludlow, chief of the laryngeal and speech section of the NINDS Medical Neurology Branch, recently received the Honors of the Association Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of speech, language and hearing, and is ASHA's highest honor.

Ludlow was chosen because of her research contributions that have increased understanding of spasmodic dysphonia and other neurologically based voice disorders and provided new treatment strategies for people with these disorders. Her research has emphasized neurophysiological, neuromuscular, behavioral, modeling and brain imaging approaches.

Ludlow first came to NIH in 1974 as a speech pathologist in the NINDS Communicative Disorders Program. She later became head of the speech pathology unit in the institute's Intramural Research Program. In 1989, she joined NIDCD as head of the speech and voice unit, and in 1999 she returned to NINDS as chief of the laryngeal and speech section. Her current research is funded in part by NIDCD.

ASHA is a national professional scientific association of more than 120,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. This year, Ludlow was one of five professionals to receive the Honors award at ASHA's national convention, held Nov. 18-20 in San Diego.