CSR’s Remondini Retires After 36 Years
By Paula Whitacre
Dr. David J. Remondini remembers the careful cattle-breeding records his grandfather kept on his homestead in Deming, N. Mex. What he did not realize, as he helped with daily chores, was how the farm would shape his life as a scientist. He retired recently at age 81 as scientific review officer of the Center for Scientific Review’s genetic variation and evolution study section.
During Remondini’s childhood, as his parents navigated the Depression and World War II, the farm provided a safe haven. After the war, he joined his parents in Riverside, Calif., where a high school teacher encouraged him to attend Riverside Community College. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he met his wife Earnestine, and became a teacher. In one rural school, he was one of three teachers for grades 1-8; he also drove the school bus.
But fate, and Sputnik, intervened, leading to a doctorate in genetics and a 36-year career at NIH. The National Science Foundation selected him for its 1-year Academic Year Institute at the University of Utah. He remained an additional year as an NIH trainee to complete an M.S. in 1964, working with Dr. George F. Hanks, using Drosophila to study mitotic drive. He was then selected as an NIH trainee at Utah State University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1968 for work with Dr. Eldon J. Gardner, using another genetic condition in Drosophila known as tumorous head.
From there, Remondini became a faculty member at Gonzaga University and Sacred Heart Hospital’s first staff geneticist, in Spokane. In 1974, he moved to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.
In February 1977, he became the genetics study section’s second-ever executive secretary, after Dr. Kay Wilson, a pioneer in the field. “She left big shoes to fill, but Dave succeeded, which was very important for NIH,” said Dr. Daniel Hartl, Higgins professor of biology at Harvard. “He provided continuity in the field of genetics and the genetics study section for decades.”
“Dave had an intense interest in a fair peer review process,” said Dr. Cheryl Corsaro, SRO of the genetics of health and disease study section. “He was ahead of his time, analyzing data from his study sections to ensure every application was dealt with fairly.” A priority was ensuring reviewers understood all aspects of the field beyond their own specialty to thoroughly evaluate each application.
Beyond study section responsibilities, Remondini helped create and twice chaired the Council of the SRA/SRO Assembly and served on many CSR committees. He had a parallel military career as an enlisted reservist in the California National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve (1953-1961) and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, from which he retired as a commander in 1991. He also fulfilled a life-long goal at age 50 by becoming a pilot.
The Remondinis, married for more than 60 years, have six children, 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Devoted to family, he also fostered a spirit of caring at NIH. As Amber Ray, a CSR extramural support assistant, noted, “He treated his administrative staff like family. He has always been passionate about his love for the sciences and it made it a pleasure to work with him throughout all these years.”
Klosek Named Director of OD Division
Dr. Malgorzata M. Klosek is the new director of the Division of Construction and Instruments in the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, OD. DCI supports and manages the portfolio of grant applications for acquisition of state-of-the-art biomedical shared instrumentation and for upgrading, renovating and expanding research infrastructure and facilities.
Klosek brings a rich mixture of mathematical and scientific skills, having collaborated with researchers on many interdisciplinary projects. “Biology has changed over time in the sense that there are more and more tools designed by physicists that are producing huge quantities of data and these tools need people who collectively bring expertise in biology, physics and applied mathematics to research,” says Dr. Franziska Grieder, ORIP director.
Before joining DCI, Klosek served as a scientific review officer at CSR, first in the bioengineering sciences and technology integrated review group and then in the surgical sciences, biomedical imaging and bioengineering IRG. “Dr. Klosek has been an asset to CSR through her quality interactions with numerous program staff, her hard work and her unique quantitative background in mathematical modeling and biology,” says Dr. Eileen Bradley, SBIB IRG chief. “We support Dr. Klosek in her new role at ORIP; however, we hate to see her go.”
Klosek received her M.S. degree in applied mathematics from Warsaw Technical University and her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Northwestern University. Her research in applications of stochastic differential equations, in collaboration with biophysicists, chemists, engineers and economists, led to numerous scientific papers in a variety of journals. She was an associate professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, before coming to NIH.
When not at work, Klosek is often planning her next exotic trip abroad. She and her husband recently spent 3 weeks traveling across northern India, from the Pakistani border in the west to Kolkata in the east, taking in varied sites in between, from the Golden Temple in Amritsar to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and on to the holy city of Varanasi and the birthplace of Buddhism in Bodhgaya.
NIH Mourns Loss of ORS Associate Director Hayden
By Brad Moss
Thomas “Tom” Hayden, ORS associate director for program and employee services, died unexpectedly on Aug. 25.
He started his federal service as a “Stay-in-School” appointment with the USDA in 1982 as a personnel clerk and later as a paralegal/legal technician with the Office of the Administrative Law Judges. In 1988, he joined NIH as a police officer.
After his service as a policeman, he worked for a short period of time in transportation planning in the ORF Master Planners Office before becoming director of the ORS Division of Travel and Transportation Services, later to merge with another division and become the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services. He was selected as director for this new division until he was promoted to associate director for program and employees services in January 2012. In that post, he oversaw many services integral to the day-to-day operation of the campuses including parking, shuttles, child care, cafeterias, interpreting services, fitness centers, medical arts, mail and immigration services.
“No assignment was too big or too small for Tom,” said ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson. “Many of my peers knew to go straight to him when they had questions…and they also knew they were going to get a prompt response, and more often than not a positive response.”
For many, Hayden was the face of ORS. “Tom’s work touched nearly everyone in the NIH community. He was a mentor, friend and colleague to many of us. His dedication to the NIH and its mission…was unwavering and his care for his NIH family was undeniable,” said Johnson.
Hayden’s work with ICs, along with federal, state and local agencies, routinely resulted in constructive solutions to often difficult problems affecting employees, visitors and the neighboring communities. Even when the answer wasn’t always what those involved wanted to hear, it was guaranteed that Hayden had exhausted every possibility in an attempt to find a fair and equitable solution. For this, he was beloved, admired and recognized with numerous commendations throughout his career.
A remembrance and celebration of his life was held Sept. 12 in the Clinical Center chapel for friends and colleagues. In addition to comments by Johnson, Maureen Gormley, CC chief financial officer, and Randy Schools, president of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, commended Hayden’s responsiveness, can-do spirit and the heartfelt personal interactions they had with him over the years. Co-workers and friends also shared their memories and stories of the many contributions Hayden made and the lives he affected at NIH.
In his spare time, Hayden was a member of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and coordinated the Bowie CPR program. He also enjoyed antique tractors and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, especially with his beloved dog Pax. In a clear sign of his work ethic and dedication to NIH (and the outdoors), it was not uncommon to be on the phone with him discussing business, even though it was his day off and he was having the conversation while sitting in a deer stand or fishing boat.
Hayden earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/criminology with a paralegal minor from the University of Maryland. He is survived by his wife Ellen K. Hayden, stepchildren Ashley and Logan, his parents, two brothers, one sister and many relatives and friends.
Ivins Named Chief of CSR Review Group
Dr. Jonathan Ivins has been named chief of the digestive, kidney and urological systems integrated review group (IRG) at the Center for Scientific Review. He had been scientific review officer for the synapses, cytoskeleton and trafficking study section in CSR’s molecular, cellular and developmental neuroscience IRG.
Ivins will oversee 10 study sections that review grant applications covering basic and clinical aspects of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, kidney, urinary tract and male genital system physiology and pathobiology, as well as the disposition and action of nutrients and xenobiotics.
Ivins received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After postdoctoral work at Cal Tech, MIT and UC Irvine, he became assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. His lab studied signal transduction pathways regulating axon outgrowth and growth cone guidance.