Dr. Sally Rockey
It seems entirely possible that NIH deputy director
for extramural research Dr. Sally Rockey is able to summon nearly the same amount of enthusiasm about coming to work each day as she does about going
to see Bruce Springsteen in concert, which she has done some 53 times so far.
NIH’s extramural boss, it turns out, loves The Boss and is also proud to be a bureaucrat, as long as she gets to define the term.
The featured speaker at NIH’s 2011 Women’s History
Month Observance on Mar. 16, Rockey offered a lively account of the “love story” that has taken her from graduate studies in entomology to one of the highest posts in federal science. Or as she puts it, “From studying bugs to developing drugs.”
As a child, Rockey loved animals, and collected toy horses, not dolls.
“I was curious about animals,” she said, “and that led to an interest in biology. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a scientist.”