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Vol. LVIII, No. 19
September 22, 2006


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NIGMS Scientific Staff Gains Three

NIGMS recently added three new scientific staff members who will be involved in grants related to its minority programs. Drs. Alberto Rivera-Rentas and Jermelina Tupas are program directors in the Division of Minority Opportunities in Research and Dr. Mona R. Trempe is a scientific review administrator in the Office of Scientific Review.

Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas
Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas

Rivera-Rentas comes to NIGMS from the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. There, he was an associate professor of biology and director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. Previously, he served as director of the NIGMS-funded Bridges to the Doctoral Degree program at Universidad Metropolitana. Rivera-Rentas earned a bachelor's degree in natural sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, and a Ph.D. in biology with concentration in neurobiology from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan.



Dr. Jermelina Tupas
Dr. Jermelina Tupas

Tupas was most recently a program director in the National Science Foundation's division of molecular and cellular biosciences. Prior to that, she was a professor of molecular endocrinology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she directed the NIGMS-supported Minority Access to Research Careers program. Tupas earned a bachelor's degree in zoology and a master's degree in microbiology from the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Tokyo, Japan.


Dr. Mona R. Trempe
Dr. Mona R. Trempe

Trempe joins NIGMS from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), where she was a professor in the department of biochemistry. During her tenure at the university, she founded and directed the UMMC electron microscopy facility, which specializes in the imaging and three-dimensional structure reconstruction of large protein complexes. Trempe earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.



R&W's Cole Ends 27-Year NIH Career

Barbara Cole

Since fall of 1979, generations of NIH employees who have visited the R&W gift shop in Bldg. 31 have come away wondering, "Who is that exceptionally nice lady behind the counter?" and "Where could her accent have originated?"

An era of warm personal service came to an end Sept. 6 when Barbara Cole concluded a 27-year career with — what else? — hugs, handshakes, fond wishes and her trademark courteous and engaging manner.

She began her R&W career on a part-time basis, to accommodate her three kids' school schedules. "I got bored painting the house," she said, so she responded to an ad in the newspaper. Once the youngsters were grown, she worked full-time, but in recent years she had scaled back to three appearances weekly.

Many of her customers became friends. "She's a super lady — she practically raised me," said Sherry Meltzer of NIAMS, a 31-year NIH veteran. "She always has a smile. We've grown up together."

"The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association and the NIH were a brighter place because of Barbara Cole," said R&W President Randy Schools. "She brought forth a smile for all, welcoming comments and a sincere desire to help employees with their personal and professional needs. She treated employees with respect, and they in turn treated her like family. Always available to listen, she will be remembered most for her distinguishing trait of kindness."

Cole was born in Casablanca, Morocco, the daughter of Swiss parents who came to Africa as colonists from Europe. Her first language was Schweizerdeutsch, a Swiss-German dialect, and she also spoke Arabic, in order to get along with the natives. She learned French in school, as France had taken over Morocco.

Perhaps her penchant for attentive personal service was inherited: "Both of my grandparents were in business, and they always stressed the importance of high ethical standards," she said.

Cole lived in Africa until age 22. During a brief visit to the United States, she met Jack Cole, who urged her to extend her visa while they courted. She did, for an extra 3 months, and the two have now been married 47 years. They have 12 grandchildren, eight of whom "live within 3 miles of us.

"We're going to stay home and fight," she laughed, noting that her husband "is just a little bit spoiled." She also intends to assemble a trove of old photos and mementos into a coherent narrative of her family's exodus from relative affluence in Europe to the challenge of starting over as farmers in Africa, then to the U.S. "It will be a National Geographic-style account," she said.

Cole said the past 27 years here, during which R&W expanded from "a closet" in the basement of the A-wing into a fairly large retail space, passed in a flash. "It's been very heartwarming and very interesting," she said, though she notes that today's customer is more harried than in past eras, when conviviality was more the norm. "There are very few people nowadays who have the outlook of 'I'm thrilled with my job.'"

She concluded, "I would like to thank the many customers who have visited our stores and helped support our many charities. It has always been a pleasure to work with Randy and the rest of our 'crew,' and to be connected to the NIH community. So many nice people I met through the years! So many nice memories!"

Linde Rejoins NIAMS

Anita Linde

Anita Linde has been appointed director of the Office of Science Policy and Planning, NIAMS. She coordinates and manages the science policy, strategic planning and program evaluation activities of the institute. She is former special assistant to the director of the NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison and previously served as a senior program analyst in the NIAMS Office of the Director. Linde came to NIH as a presidential management intern in 1994 from Vanderbilt University. She has received numerous awards, including three NIH Director's Awards and an NIH Merit Award. She is a 2004 graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a 2005 graduate of the NIH Senior Leadership Development Program.

NICHD's Quatrano Receives Tibbets Award

Dr. Louis Quatrano

Dr. Louis Quatrano of NICHD's National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research recently received the Tibbets Award for fostering rehabilitation research through the Small Business Innovation Research Program. He was recognized for providing guidance to innovators in the field and advising them how their new inventions can best fit into the NIH framework. The award is named for Roland Tibbets of the National Science Foundation, who is regarded as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research Program. Quatrano is shown here demonstrating a prosthetic hand developed by a grantee.


Whitley Named CIT Deputy Director

Al Whitley
Al Whitley has been named deputy director, Center for Information Technology. He will serve as chief operating officer, providing vision and overall technological, operational and managerial leadership to CIT, which supports NIH research and management programs with information systems, networking and telecommunications services.

Whitley has held a number of senior IT positions during 8 years at the Internal Revenue Service. His most recent position was deputy associate CIO and acting associate CIO for end user equipment and services, where he provided personal computing, help desk and telecommunications services for more than 100,000 customers worldwide.

He was also director of the Martinsburg Computing Center and director of telecommunications. In the latter post, he was responsible for installing, operating and maintaining telecommunications systems throughout the IRS. He managed a budget of more than $300 million, operated the National Network Management Center and participated in numerous executive steering committees.

Whitley also served as an information systems officer with the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1998 as a colonel.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a master of science degree in systems management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His many awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Long-Time NIGMS Employee Schultheisz Dies

Lorraine F. Schultheisz

Lorraine F. Schultheisz, an employee in the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology (GDB), died on June 11 of complications following brain surgery. She was 75 years old.

Born in Poulsbo, Wash., Schultheisz joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and rose to the rank of supply sergeant. While stationed in San Francisco, she met her husband, Robert Schultheisz, a fellow Marine. The couple married in 1954, shortly after both were discharged from military service.

Schultheisz moved to Bethesda in 1971 after her husband accepted a position as a systems analyst at the National Library of Medicine. She joined NIGMS in 1987 as a program assistant for the former Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Program. Schultheisz later transferred to GDB when the institute underwent restructuring.

"Everyone in GDB relied on Lorraine," recalled Dr. Marion Zatz, a branch chief in the division and Schultheisz's former supervisor. "She was extremely knowledgeable about her job and she took care of everyone in our office. We've lost a very special coworker and friend."

In 2005, Schultheisz transitioned to an extramural support position but continued serving GDB. After working at NIGMS for nearly 20 years, she had no plans of retiring.

Schultheisz's friends and coworkers remember her as a warm and friendly woman who was routinely in high spirits.

"Lorraine was one of the most pleasant people to have around," said GDB director Dr. Judith Greenberg. "She was always ready to pitch in and help any of the program directors, regardless of whom she officially worked for. She rarely talked about herself, but when she did it was often to share her experiences in the Marines back in the 50s, although it is hard to imagine soft-spoken Lorraine as a Marine!"

In her free time, Schultheisz enjoyed reading mystery books and taking water exercise classes at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA. She was also an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bethesda.

Schultheisz is survived by her sons, Carl and Dan; daughter, Janet; brother, Loren Hansen; and sister, Irene Hogan. Her husband died in 1990.

Grant Manager Mineo To Retire

Dave Mineo
A long-time NIH grants management officer, Dave Mineo will leave federal service on Oct. 3 after a career of 33 years.

Dave Mineo, a long-time NIH grants management officer, plans to leave federal service on Oct. 3 after a career of 33 years, but says he is not actually retiring. With a joke about his golf game — "too lousy to accept such frustration on a daily basis" — the man known as "Captain" Mineo announced that his post-NIH plans include moving from Bethesda to North Carolina and getting back to work. He'll be joining the management and technology consulting firm BearingPoint within its academic medical centers practice. He and his wife plan to live in the Raleigh area.

Mineo worked at several institutes including NIDDK, NIA, NINDS, NIDCD and NCRR, as well as in temporary assignments at others. However, the longest tenure of his career was at NIEHS, where many of his colleagues have fond memories of him and his love of golf. After he tried to retire from NIEHS in 1999, Mineo served as director of sponsored programs at the University of Georgia (1999-2001) before returning to federal service at NIDDK (2001-2006).

One of his close associates, Jerry Phelps of the Division of Extramural Research and Training, describes Mineo as "a first-class guy, a great friend, and a dedicated NIH employee." Mineo was a hard-working individual who, among a long list of awards and accomplishments, completed his college education with highest honors at American University through the NIH Stride Program after joining NIA in 1979. With his degree, he quickly advanced to upper management at NIEHS, where he worked for 10 years, and his passion for golf became legendary.

Former NIEHS director Dr. Ken Olden remembers him as being personable, warm and reliable. "I enjoyed having senior leaders who are good human beings in addition to being capable, and Dave was like that," Olden said. "I really hated to see him leave." Colleague Chip Hughes remembers that he often found himself "letting Dave win a round of golf" and always admired Mineo's willingness to help young people get ahead. "Dave never forgot where he came from, the challenges he faced in advancing his own career. He was always eager to help others the way someone must have helped him."

Mineo's most visible legacy for his many friends remains the annual golf excursion to Myrtle Beach, which Hughes describes as "NIEHS against the world." A tradition for more than 15 years, the competition pits NIEHS golfers against other institutes. Fittingly, when Mineo left NIEHS in 1999, his friends held a roast and golf tournament — giving the Captain a chance to win on his home turf as they celebrated his first attempt at retiring from federal service.

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