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Vol. LXII, No. 25
December 10, 2010

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Huston Named CSR Deputy Executive Officer

Ann Huston

Ann Huston is the new deputy executive officer and budget officer at the Center for Scientific Review. She will oversee CSR’s management analysis functions and financial management branch as well as CSR’s committee management office.

“Ann brings a great depth of experience to these key positions,” said CSR Executive Officer Melanie Keller, “as well as a remarkable commitment to public service and positive approach to management.”

Huston comes to CSR from the National Cancer Institute, where she coordinated the extramural budget for the NCI-designated Cancer Centers. Before coming to NIH, she served for 16 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a therapist and chief of its recreation therapy service. She earlier managed the American Therapeutic Recreation Association as its executive director for 13 years.

Huston also has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the department of recreation and leisure studies at San Jose State University. She hails from Nebraska and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska. She earned a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in health administration from the University of San Francisco.

NCI Mourns Loss of Epidemiologist Ron

Dr. Elaine Ron,

Dr. Elaine Ron, a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, died of cancer on Nov. 20 at her home in Bethesda. She was 67.

Ron was renowned as one of the leading experts in radiation epidemiology and in the causes of thyroid cancer, as well as being a champion of women in science. Over the course of her career she wrote more than 200 scientific peer-reviewed papers and mentored researchers from around the world. She leaves as a legacy numerous junior investigators inspired by her example.

Ron conducted ground-breaking research. In her earliest work in Israel, she identified the long-term cancer effects of radiation treatment for tinea capitis (a fungal infection of the scalp).

She joined NCI in 1986 and served as chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch from 1997 to 2002.

“Elaine contributed enormously to our understanding of the cancer risks associated with radiation,” said Dr. Joseph Fraumeni, Jr., director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). “Her interests included studies of the atomic bomb survivors in Japan, residents of the former Soviet Union exposed to the radioactive compounds from the Chernobyl accident and patients exposed to diagnostic and therapeutic radiation. In addition to addressing the biological mechanisms of disease, Dr. Ron was keenly focused on public health and policy implications of her research.”

Her scientific achievements included the largest study of cancer risks among patients treated with radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism and the first international effort to pool epidemiologic data on thyroid cancer. She recently launched a major investigation into the potential adverse effects of CT screening among children and young adults.

“Elaine’s total dedication to her work continued to the end of her life,” said Dr. Martha Linet, chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch. “After her diagnosis she identified successors to carry out her studies, especially the CT study. During her illness she met with staff in the branch to discuss key day-to-day aspects of the study.”

Dr. Shelia Hoar Zahm, deputy director of DCEG, noted, “Elaine was passionate about fighting injustice. Whether it was promoting equity for women scientists at work, preventing cruelty to animals or advancing human rights around the globe, she refused to accept the status quo.”

Ron is survived by her son, Ariel.

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