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Vol. LVIII, No. 11
June 2, 2006

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ORS's Dattoli, Ambassador of NIH Security, Dies

John Dattoli (r) was the recipient of an NIH Merit Award from NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.  
John M. Dattoli, acting associate director, Security and Emergency Response and director, Division of Physical Security Management in the Office of Research Services, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Apr. 1 while jogging in his neighborhood.

Dattoli was instrumental in overseeing the development of the new Perimeter Security System on the main campus from design to implementation. In addition to his leadership in physical security, he helped guide policy for the police, fire, fire marshal, emergency preparedness and personnel security programs.

"The staff will sorely miss all the advice, guidance and support that John provided us. In particular, we will all miss John's sense of humor and ability to get us all laughing.especially when he knew firsthand that we were all working under very demanding conditions," said NIH Fire Marshal J.P. McCabe.

"John was a quiet hero," said John Burklow, NIH associate director for communications and public liaison. "I don't think many people at NIH knew of the important and lasting contributions he made to the agency. John helped lead NIH through a very difficult time as we responded to the increased requirements for security. He is a tremendous loss to NIH and our hearts go out to his family."

A native of Gloversville, N.Y., and civil engineer by trade, Dattoli spent the past 20 years in the federal government with the General Services Administration and the Defense Logistics Agency before arriving at NIH in 1993.

At NIH, he began his career as chief, shops section of the former Division of Engineering Services, rising up the ranks to special assistant to the director of Property Management in the Office of Research Facilities and Development (ORF) after ORS and ORF split into two separate organizations. He transitioned to ORS in November 2003 as director of the Division of Physical Security Management and assumed the role of acting associate director in May 2004.

Juanita Mildenberg, current ORF acting director and Dattoli's former supervisor in DES, sees his passing as a "great loss to the NIH. His dedication and commitment to keeping our facilities operational was unmatched. He responded no matter what the hour and often interrupted his family activities to do so. His humor and gentle personality were ever present. His passion for work and love of life, family and religion made him a very special person and friend."

He was a graduate of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. He began his career working for the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh, Pa., prior to his work with the government.

Dattoli was a member of St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring. He also coached for the Catholic Youth Organization and several of his children's athletic teams. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Bronakowski Dattoli of Silver Spring, three children, Navy Ensign Matthew Dattoli, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Meredith, 16, and Anthony, 13, both of Silver Spring; a brother, Joseph Dattoli of Thurmont, Md.; and a sister, Joan Spencer of Queensbury, N.Y.

An educational trust fund has been established for Dattoli's children. Memorial contributions can be made to: Dattoli Children's Educational Trust Fund, c/o Suntrust Bank, 5504 Norbeck Rd., Rockville, MD 20853.

Saunders, Formerly of NCI, Is Mourned

Dr. J. Palmer Saunders, who worked at the National Cancer Institute from the early 1950's until 1974, passed away on Apr. 16, in Baltimore. In 1965, he was appointed deputy director of NCI's chemotherapy program. Two years later, he became associate director in charge of extramural programs, helping shape cancer research and care in the U.S. He retired from NCI in 1974 to become dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Saunders was recognized for his generous support and commitment to graduate biomedical education by establishing, in 2001, a professorship for the University of Texas Medical Branch Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

NIGMS's Poodry Honored by Native Research Network

Not that long ago, Dr. Clifton Poodry was one of just two Native American geneticists. Today, he directs the NIGMS Minority Opportunities in Research program, which encourages underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in biomedical science. For promoting "integrity, respect, and excellence in research," Poodry received the first Frank Dukepoo Research Award from the Native Research Network, an organization that supports scientific networking and mentoring opportunities for indigenous peoples of the Americas. The award pays tribute to the late Dr. Dukepoo, who formed the other half of the original Native American genetics community. "Frank was a good friend, so I was delighted to see him recognized," Poodry said. "I was pleased and surprised to be the first recipient of an award honoring his memory." Poodry accepted the award, which included a plaque and an Iroquois Confederacy Pendleton blanket, on behalf of NIH at the annual Indian Health Service Research Conference in New Mexico in April.

Five Named to Women's Health Committee

Five new members have been appointed to the advisory committee on research on women's health. They are: Constance Howes, president and chief executive officer of Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island; Nancy J. Norton, founder and president of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders; Dr. Eugene P. Orringer, executive associate dean for faculty affairs and faculty development in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dr. Susan P. Sloan, associate professor of medicine and associate residency program director of internal medicine at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University; and Dr. Barbara W.K. Yee, professor and chair of family and consumer sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Salazar Recognized by Tech Magazine

Cyrus Salazar of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management has been named one of the "100 most important Hispanics in Technology and Business" for 2006 by the editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine. Honorees are chosen because of their leadership and outstanding work in the field of technology. They will be feted at an event in Baltimore this September, during Hispanic Heritage Month. Salazar is NIH Hispanic Employment Program manager.

NCI's Adhya Honored by University of Calcutta

This year the University of Calcutta, India, celebrated the sesquicentennial of its founding in 1856. In a convocation ceremony held Mar. 27, the university conferred a doctor of science (honoris causa) degree on Dr. Sankar Adhya of NCI's Laboratory of Molecular Biology for his seminal contributions in the field of molecular genetics.

O'Hanlon Named to NHLBI Post

Nancy O'Hanlon was recently named deputy ethics counselor, NHLBI. She joins the institute with more than 8 years of experience in ethics and personnel management, most recently with the Defense Intelligence Agency. She is responsible for overall management of the ethics program at NHLBI.

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