Award of Excellence
Dr. Daniel A. Sklare,
who served as research
training officer in the
NIDCD Division of Scientific
Programs for the
past 23 years, retired in
January after 31 years of federal service. During
his tenure, he worked tirelessly to recruit
and support a new generation of clinician-scientists
working on disorders of human communication,
particularly physicians who specialize
in otolaryngology, or diseases of the ear, nose
and throat. As a mentor to many young clinicians
interested in conducting research, Sklare
encouraged them to follow a path that builds a
strong research foundation and increases their
chances of future success.
His dedication to improving the lives of individuals
with communication disorders preceded
his service as research and training officer.
Sklare completed his doctoral training at Wayne
State University in 1984. He began his career at
the audiology and speech pathology service of
the Department of Veterans Affairs and came to
the NIH Intramural Research Program in 1986
to serve as a clinical and research audiologist.
Between 1990 and 2003, he served as director
of the Balance and Vestibular Sciences Program
within the newly formed NIDCD. He became
research training officer of the Extramural Programs
at NIDCD in 1991. From 2008 through
fall 2012, he served as both NIDCD research
training officer and director of the NIDCD
research program in the assessment and management
of hearing and balance disorders.
Sklare was recently honored with an NIDCD
Award of Excellence, which recognizes staff
members who have made significant and exceptional
contributions to the NIDCD mission.
The award cited his “longstanding commitment
to the NIDCD research and training program,
including dedicated, heartfelt and successful
mentoring of trainees.”
“Dr. Sklare has shown extraordinary leadership
in NIDCD training and career development programs,”
said Dr. Judith A. Cooper, NIDCD deputy
director and director of the Division of Scientific Programs. “One of Dan’s
unique skills lies in his capacity to influence training and career development at
many levels, whether at the level of the individual principal investigator seeking
advice, developing new programs addressing unmet training needs for NIDCD
or considering larger community issues such as the trans-NIH training advisory
committee. Dan has been a thoughtful and influential force for research training
and career development across the NIDCD mission areas. One could not have
wished for a better colleague. We will miss him and yet we wish him well in his
Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas recently joined NIDCD and will serve as the institute’s
research training officer.
NCI’s Mushinski Mourned
Dr. J. Frederic “Fred” Mushinski, 76, who retired
from NCI’s Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics
in 2009 after more than 40 years of research,
died Dec. 18 in Bethesda after a bout of colon
Mushinski grew up in Beaver Falls, Pa. When he
was 15, after his father’s death, the family moved to
He earned his B.A. degree in chemistry at Yale University
in 1959 and received his M.D. from Harvard
Medical School in 1963. He joined NCI as a research
associate in the Laboratory of Biology, run by Dr.
Michael Potter, in 1965 after an internship and fellowship in the department of
medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
It was in the NCI lab that Mushinski met a staff biologist named Elizabeth “Betty”
Bridges; the two married in 1971 and had a combined 87 years of NIH service
when they retired early in 2009.
They shared a common interest in protein expression and chromosomal translocation,
as well as a love of music, especially opera. Both also had medical family
Mushinski had been a member of the PHS Commissioned Corps. He also spent
a year at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen, Germany,
and had been a research professor in the molecular and cell biology program
at the University of Maryland.
In retirement, Mushinski was a volunteer at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing
Arts in Virginia.
In addition to his wife, Mushinski is survived by two sisters, Mary M. Fetsch and
Margaret M. Ochs.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Bethesda. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in Mushinski’s name to a favorite charity.