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Vol. LXVII, No. 7
March 27, 2015


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Dr. Marguerite Littleton Kearney

Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas

Dr. John Mascola

Dr. Julie Segre


Littleton Kearney To Direct Extramural NINR

Dr. Marguerite Littleton Kearney

Dr. Marguerite Littleton Kearney is the new director of the NINR Division of Extramural Science Programs, where she leads, manages and coordinates extramural scientific programs, grants management, scientific merit review and advisory council operations.

Before joining NINR, she was a tenured professor, associate dean for research and director of the Faye G. Abdellah Center for Military and Federal Health Care Research at the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Littleton Kearney’s interdisciplinary research, funded by NINR since 1996, focused on the effects of sex hormones on cerebral vessel recovery after ischemic cerebral injury. In addition to her NINR-funded studies, her scientific interests include traumatic injuries and disaster management. She has served on NIH study sections in support of the scientific peer review process. In 2001, she became a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Littleton Kearney earned a Ph.D. from Rush University, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in nursing and pharmacology.

NIDCD Welcomes New Research Training Officer

Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas

Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas recently joined the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders as research training officer. He brings a wealth of expertise in managing research training programs and an exemplary record of trans-NIH collaboration experience. Rivera-Rentas most recently served as a program officer at NCCAM, now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, where he oversaw the HIV/AIDS and special populations portfolio and served as research training officer. Prior to NCCIH, he managed several researcher-development and research-training programs for NIGMS. He also represented NIGMS on the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research ENDURE program and worked on the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

Two Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Dr. John Mascola
Above, Dr. John Mascola Below, Dr. Julie Segre
Dr. Julie Segre

Two NIH scientists are among the 79 new fellows recently elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Dr. John Mascola is director, Vaccine Research Center, NIAID. Dr. Julie Segre is senior investigator, microbial genetics section, NHGRI.

There are over 2,400 AAM fellows. They represent all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service. In addition, fellows hail from around the globe. The class of 2015 includes fellows from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Sweden, Australia, China, Japan, Chile, Ireland, France, the U.K., Italy and South Africa.





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