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Vol. LXI, No. 13
June 26, 2009

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Minnick Wins GSA Fleet Management Honor

Richard Trott (l), chief, Transportation Management Branch, OD, congratulates Mark Minnick, chief of the fleet management section, on being selected by GSA as the 2009 National Fleet Manager of the Year.

Richard Trott (l), chief, Transportation Management Branch, OD, congratulates Mark Minnick, chief of the fleet management section, on being selected by GSA as the 2009 National Fleet Manager of the Year.

Mark Minnick, chief of the fleet management section within the Transportation Management Branch, OD, has been awarded the GSA National Fleet Manager of the Year Award in the category Civilian Agency, Small Fleet (50-500 vehicles).

GSA and the Federal Fleet Policy Council (FedFleet) selected Minnick to receive the 2009 Bob Baker Fleet Manager of the Year Award. This award, named in honor of a founding member of FedFleet, is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skills and abilities in federal motor vehicle fleet management.

Minnick, who has been with NIH for more than 20 years, serving as supervisor of the NIH automotive repair facility from April 1994 until December 1999 and as section chief since January 2000, will be honored at a ceremony during the National Federal Fleet Manager Workshop and Information Fair in Chicago, July 28-30.

Minnick has played an instrumental role in NIH being the leader within HHS in meeting or exceeding all requirements related to fleet management. He has personally been committed to the “greening” of services offered by NIH, including the reduction of gasoline usage and the increase of alternative fuel use; the right-sizing of the NIH fleet to include procuring alternative fuel vehicles; the use of bio-diesel fuel; and meeting the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and 2005.

NIH Scientists Win Mentoring Awards

Dr. Orna Cohen-Fix

Dr. Sharon Hrynkow

Dr. Orna Cohen-Fix (top) and Dr. Sharon Hrynkow

The Bethesda chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) recently honored two members of the NIH community with its annual Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The awards were presented to Dr. Orna Cohen-Fix and Dr. Sharon Hrynkow during the AWIS mentoring workshop, an annual event that allows participants to network and explore careers with scientists working in a wide variety of fields.

Cohen-Fix, a principal investigator at NIDDK, was honored for her enthusiastic mentoring of the trainees in her laboratory. She balances research, editorial work and intramural NIH activities with a full family life. Cohen-Fix is co-director of the Johns Hopkins University/NIH Graduate Partnership Program and was a member of the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program committee. She also served on the status of the NIH intramural women scientists task force, which carried out a study using a web-based survey to determine why female NIH postdoctoral fellows leave academic science. She is the recipient of several awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Hrynkow, NIEHS associate director, was presented the mentoring award for her record of success in mentoring and supporting scientific leaders, particularly women in the international arena. A neuroscientist by training, she left the bench over 15 years ago to pursue policy and leadership opportunities in global health and science. It is this blend of expertise that draws so many junior scientists to her.

In her previous leadership positions, including deputy director at the Fogarty International Center, Hrynkow launched a range of activities and initiatives to bolster early career scientists. She has created new programs to support and mentor scientists in resource-limited nations and crafted novel approaches to supporting U.S. undergraduates and graduate students in global health. Hrynkow initiated the annual NIH celebration of International Women’s Day to mark achievements and challenges facing foreign women in science working in the U.S. She gave this year’s keynote address on the role of women in taking the lead to save the planet at NIH’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

Myrick Featured in ‘Science Careers’

Dr. Dorkina Myrick

Dr. Dorkina Myrick, a medical officer and scientific administrator at the Center for Cancer Training, NCI, was recently featured on the Science Careers web site in the “Life & Career” and “Diversity Issues” sections of the Career Magazine at The Science Careers web site is sponsored by the journal Science. Myrick is responsible for managing individual and institutional career development and training grants for pre-doctoral, postdoctoral and senior investigators in basic, translational and cancer prevention research. She earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in pathobiology from Brown University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a residency in anatomic pathology at the Laboratory of Pathology, NCI, in 2005.

Five New ORWH Advisors Welcomed

New members of the advisory committee on research on women’s health were introduced at a recent meeting by Dr. Vivian Pinn (third from l), director, Office of Research on Women’s Health. They include (from l) Dr. Margery Gass, Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Dr. Jeanne Sinkford and Dr. Paula Johnson. 
New members of the advisory committee on research on women’s health were introduced at a recent meeting by Dr. Vivian Pinn (third from l), director, Office of Research on Women’s Health. They include (from l) Dr. Margery Gass, Dr. Farida Sohrabji, Dr. Jeanne Sinkford and Dr. Paula Johnson.

Five new members recently joined the advisory committee on research on women’s health.

Dr. Margery L.S. Gass is a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative and has served on the WHI executive committee, publications and presentations committee and has been lead investigator of the initiative’s Midwest section. Her research focuses on menopause, osteoporosis and female sexual function.

Dr. Paula A. Johnson is executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and chief of the division of women’s health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized cardiologist.

Dr. Gary Striker is a professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and a professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He is former director of NIDDK’s Kidney, Urology, and Hematology Division.

Dr. Farida Sohrabji is an associate professor and associate department head of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She is also a member of the faculty for neuroscience, the reproduction forum and the Center for Environmental and Reproductive Health.

Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford is the first woman to be appointed dean of a dental school in the United States. She is professor and dean emeritus, Howard University College of Dentistry, and director, Center for Equity and Diversity, American Dental Education Association.

Three Join NIGMS Scientific Staff
Dr. Michael Bender Dr. Paul Brazhnik Dr. Vernon Anderson
NIGMS welcomes new program directors Dr. Michael Bender (l), Dr. Paul Brazhnik (c) and Dr. Vernon Anderson.

Three scientists recently joined NIGMS as program directors.

Dr. Michael Bender is managing grants in the areas of RNA processing and protein synthesis. He came to the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology from the University of Georgia, where he served as associate professor and associate head in the department of genetics. Bender earned a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Indiana University.

Dr. Paul Brazhnik is overseeing grants in bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, biostatistics and biological networks modeling in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Previously, he served as a research associate professor in the department of biological sciences at Virginia Tech. Brazhnik also was a consulting scientist for Rosa Pharmaceuticals and, prior to that, a scientist for Entelos, Inc. He earned a Ph.D. in theoretical and mathematical physics from Moscow State University in Russia.

Dr. Vernon Anderson is managing grants in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry related to bioinorganic chemistry, redox enzymology, mitochondrial electron transport and other aspects of bioenergetics. Before joining NIGMS, he served as professor of biochemistry and chemistry at Case Western Reserve University. He earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Credit Union Names Perkins as New CTO

David E. Perkins

The NIH Federal Credit Union has named David E. Perkins as its new chief technology officer. He joins NIHFCU’s newly appointed CEO, Juli Anne Callis, to lead the credit union’s renewed focus on technologic innovation and delivery.

“This is a new day and the role of the CTO will emerge as the spearhead for all delivery channel and product development in the days to come,” said Callis. “NIHFCU serves a highly distinguished membership such as medical researchers and fellows from across the globe. The products and services that will meet their needs are emerging rapidly. NIHFCU intends to expand service delivery models based on emerging technologies that will require both vision and stability. David is perfectly suited to lead a team to deliver exceptional results.”

Perkins joins NIHFCU from State Employees Credit Union, the largest state-chartered credit union in Maryland, with approximately $1.75 billion in assets. Over a 13-year career at SECU, with the last 5 as CIO, Perkins’ many accomplishments include completion of two core conversions; implementation of new loan origination, online banking and collection systems; and the migration of new software. An expert in data mining and application programming interfaces, he also brings leadership in the areas of application development; host, client and LAN/WAN support; information and network security; and web development.

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