CSR's Khan Receives IHS Honor
Mushtaq A. Khan, chief of the digestive and respiratory
sciences integrated review group at the Center for Scientific
Review, received the Indian Health Service Director's Award
for managing the review of Native American Research Centers
for Health applications over the last few years. These centers
are supported through an IHS/NIH trans-agency initiative. IHS
director Dr. Charles W. Grim presented the award at a recent
Three at CSR Share Explorer Award
annual Center for Scientific Review Picnic included kudos for
three attendees who shared the new $10,000 Explorer Award for
innovations that help to streamline peer review of NIH grant
applications. The winners, announced by CSR director Dr.
Toni Scarpa (second from l) are (from l): Dr.
Weijia Ni, for his development of Review Management, a
database program that helps manage the review of grant applications — from
their receipt and assignment to the production of summary statements; Dr.
Robert Elliott, for seeing how NIH program staff can quickly
be kept informed of changes in the schedules of review meetings
and thus be able to call in at the right time to hear discussions;
and Dr. Xiang-Ning Li, for developing
grant application reviews conducted by webcam. By not requiring
travel, these reviews permit NIH to enlist the best reviewers,
wherever they are.
CSR's Khan Receives IHS Honor
nurse researcher Dr. Susan Marden (l)
and colleagues April E. Powers, Rose McConnell and Colleen Campbell
were honored recently with the RADM Faye G. Abdellah Publication
Award for Nursing Research 2006. This Public Health Service award
recognizes publications that stimulate the development of nursing
knowledge and practice through scientific investigation and research.
Marden, a clinical nurse scientist at NINR, along with Powers
from NIAID and McConnell from the Clinical Center Nursing and
Patient Care Services, were cited, along with five other authors,
for their article, "Effect of Long-Cycle Structured Intermittent
Versus Continuous HAART on Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic
HIV Infection," published in the journal AIDS, 2006
20: 837-845. Marden was also among the recipients of the RADM
O. Marie Henry Publication Award for Clinical Nursing Practice
2006, along with Claiborne Miller-Davis, a nurse researcher in
the CC nursing department. This award recognizes publications
that describe clinical nursing practice. The authors were honored
for their paper, "The New York Heart Association Classes and
Functional Status: What Are We Really Measuring?" (July/August,
2006), Heart & Lung, The Journal of Acute and Critical Care.
NIA, Colleagues Mourn Smullen
Russ Smullen, Jr., deputy director of the information systems
section (ISS) at the National Institute on Aging, died suddenly
in his Silver Spring home on May 17. He was 49.
To his coworkers, Smullen was a data master who thoroughly understood
the NIH grants process, knew how to program computers and understood
how to work with data so they were useable. In his role as ISS
team leader, he acted as a human firewall and was always on the
front lines solving problems at work. In his 17 years at NIA, he
embodied the philosophy of not sweating the small stuff.
Smullen worked hard and enjoyed life in and out of the office. "He
was a happy person whose happiness was contagious," said Lee Bacon,
a long-time friend who worked for Smullen in the ISS. "At work,
Russ would often walk down the hall whistling or singing, 'I'm
a happy boy. I'm a happy boy.' He was more of a mentor than a boss."
Smullen always had time for his employees, who were often also
his friends, added Bridgette Hodge, an ISS colleague who met Smullen
in 1989. "If you told him about an interest you had, he would find
articles and books to give you," she said. "He knew I had an interest
in the piano, and he gave me a keyboard he had sitting in his attic.
Every year, Russ bought $60 of Girl Scout cookies for his staff,
even though he was a diabetic and couldn't eat them. He said, 'It's
To the wider NIA family, Smullen was known as the Grand Master
Elf who ran the institute's holiday party. Since 1997, he developed
sumptuous menus, selected party games and concocted exotic blender
drinks. He loved throwing parties and always encouraged people
to bring their friends to his annual barbeque.
In addition to parties, Smullen loved adventure gaming, personal
computing, music, film and his Jack Russell terriers, Peanut and
Popcorn. He also enjoyed science fiction by Isaac Asimov and Harry
Turtledove, among others, and regularly attended science fiction
conventions around the world.
Smullen was born in Washington, D.C., the middle son of Bernice
Peek Townsend and the late Russell Edwin Smullen, Sr., and a stepson
to Larry Thomas Townsend. He is also survived by two brothers,
David Smullen of Westover, Md., and George Smullen of Deerfield
Beach, Fla., and two nephews.
Five Appointed to NIAMS Council
Five new members were recently named to the National Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council:
|NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (front,
c) and deputy director Dr. Steven Hausman (back, second from
l) welcome new members to the institute’s council. Shown
are (from l) Dr. Kevin Campbell, Patricia McCabe, Dr. Joshua
Jacobs, Carmen Cheveres de Mummey and Dr. B. Lee Green.
Dr. Kevin P. Campbell is an investigator of the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute and chair of the department of physiology and
biophysics at the University of Iowa. He is also a professor of
neurology and internal medicine at the University of Iowa Roy J.
and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Carmen Cheveres de Mummey is an interior plantscape specialist
at Canfield Persons in Westlake Village, Calif. She previously
served on the board of trustees of the National Psoriasis Foundation,
led a psoriasis support group for 3 years and participated as a
patient advocate for the National Health Council's Skin Disease
Dr. B. Lee Green is an associate professor with the division of
health education, College of Education and Human Development at
Texas A&M University. He is also director of the Center for the
Study of Health Disparities at Texas A&M.
Dr. Joshua J. Jacobs is associate dean for research development
and associate chairman for academic programs at the department
of orthopaedic surgery at Rush Medical College, Chicago. His primary
research focus is total joint replacement.
Patricia A. McCabe is the public information specialist with the
Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C. She has chaired
the research committee while on the National Marfan Foundation
board of directors since 1997, and has been a member of an institutional
review board for the National Human Genome Research Institute.
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