NIH Holds Annual Commissioned Corps Promotion
|Radm. (ret.) Richard G. Wyatt (front, c), deputy director of the Office of Intramural Research, provided remarks at the recent NIH Commissioned Corps promotion ceremony.
Recently, 35 NIH officers in the PHS Commissioned Corps were promoted at the 13th annual NIH promotion ceremony. Radm. Deborah Wilson and Radm. (ret.) Richard G. Wyatt, deputy director of the Office of Intramural Research, provided remarks. NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak was also on hand to offer congratulations. As promotions were announced, each officer had family and friends accompany them across the stage to help with the official changing of the boards. Many families attended, including some children who were able to assist in the process as their parents moved up in rank. The annual celebration highlights achievements of the promoted officers in their continued effort to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our nation.
Promoted NIH officers (in categories) include Medical Officers—promoted to captain Rachel Bishop, Daniel Chertow; to lieutenant commander David Gianferante, Dimana Dimitrova; Nurse Officers—to captain Felicia Andrews, Michelle Braun; to commander Tracey Chinn, April Poole, LaToya Sewell; to lieutenant commander Kristen Cole, Michael Davis, Christopher Dubose, Cynda Hall, Kamah Howard, Cara Kenney, Ick-Ho Kim, Tokunbor Lawal; to lieutenant Kimberly Adao, Melissa Amaya, Frances Andrada, Tonya Jenkins, Jennifer Sisson, Anthony Valloric; Engineer Officers—to lieutenant commander Matthew Hunt; Scientist Officers—to commander Jennifer Adjemian, Gelio Alves, Charlene Maddox; to lieutenant commander John Pesce; Environmental Health Officers—to captain Mark Marshall; to commander Elisa Dubreuil; Veterinary Officers—to commander Temeri Wilder-Kofie, Jan Linkenhoker; Dietitian Officers—to commander Rachael Lopez, Jennifer Myles; Health Services Officers—to lieutenant Louis Corbin.
Eight Named to ‘Council of Councils’
DPCPSI director Dr. James Anderson (c, front row) meets new members of the Council of Councils. They are (back row, from l) Drs. Vivian Lee, Keith Reimann, Kimberly Leslie, Sharon Anderson; and (front row, from l) Hakon Heimer and Drs. Guillermina Lozano, Terry Jernigan and Mary Carnes.
The Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives recently welcomed 8 new advisory members to the Council of Councils who will advise on DPCPSI policy and programs. They are:
Dr. Sharon Anderson, professor of medicine and interim chair of the department of medicine, Oregon Health & Science University. Her research interests include the progression of chronic kidney disease with an emphasis on polycystic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy and the pathophysiology of the aging kidney.
Dr. Mary Lindsey Carnes, director, Center for Women’s Health Research, co-director, Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute, and professor, University of Wisconsin. The goal of her research is to develop, implement and study interventions that promote workforce diversity in academic medicine, science and engineering, particularly at leadership levels.
Hakon Heimer, founder and executive editor, Schizophrenia Research Forum, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, program advisor for cognitive disorders, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, founder, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, Providence, R.I. He also is a program advisor on cognitive disorders to the Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor.
Dr. Terry L. Jernigan, professor of cognitive science, psychiatry and radiology, director, Center for Human Development, University of California, San Diego. Her work has focused on brain development and aging, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuropsychiatric and substance use disorders and neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr. Vivian S. Lee, senior vice president for health sciences, dean, School of Medicine, chief executive officer, University of Utah Health Care. Her top priorities include leveraging her school’s world-class human genetics program to become a leading center in personalized health care.
Dr. Kimberly K. Leslie, professor, chair and departmental executive officer, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her research interests center around the molecular biology of hormone action and signal transduction in pregnancy and in cancer.
Dr. Guillermina Lozano, professor and chair, department of genetics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She directs a research laboratory that studies the p53 tumor suppressor pathway.
Dr. Keith A. Reimann, professor, department of medicine, senior director, MassBiologics, University of Massachusetts Medical School. As a comparative immunologist, he has developed nonhuman primate models of infectious disease, which were used for testing new vaccines and biologics.
Scibek Retires as CSR Branch Chief
By Paula Whitacre
|CSR’s Carol Scibek
Carol Scibek is known as a well-grounded person, but she loves the feeling of floating quietly above the Earth in a hot-air balloon.
That calm feeling came in handy as chief of the Committee Management Branch, from which she retired recently. The branch ensures all rules and regulations are met when outside scientists serve as CSR peer reviewers. With 3,200 chartered members, 5,500 temporary members and as many as 10,000 others who review one or a few applications at a time, the numbers to manage multiply. The branch also coordinates Federal Register announcements and proper storage of rosters, agendas and minutes of the thousands of meetings that occur annually.
“Carol kept a highly complex operation running so smoothly you didn’t notice what a critical role it played in maintaining high-quality peer reviews at CSR,” said CSR director Dr. Richard Nakamura.
Scibek’s path led from Roanoke. At age 20, she traveled to Germany for a short vacation and met her husband Frank, stationed with the U.S. Army. “Two years later, I came home with a husband and a baby,” she said. After leaving the military, he worked for UPS in Maryland. She settled into life as a stay-at-home mom and Girl Scout leader, receiving the St. Anne Medal, one of scouting’s highest awards, for her service.
Things took a different turn when their four children went to college—she decided to earn her degree. “I wasn’t going back to school, I was going to college for the first time,” she clarified. She entered the University of Maryland at age 42, when her two youngest children were also on campus. She earned a B.A. in Germanic languages and literature. “I remember leaving the library after I finished my last translation, right before graduation,” she said. “I just stood and cried, I was so into what I was doing.”
An ad in a community paper brought her to NIH. In 1988, she began as a GS-4 clerk-typist, moving up to grants technical assistant (GTA). She worked in different positions until she became GTA coordinator for CSR in 1997.
“Carol’s first love was coordinating the GTAs, but when asked to head up the committee management office [in 2000], she did so with dedication and esprit,” recalled Dr. Donald Schneider, special advisor to Nakamura. “She never flinched.”
She acknowledged that she initially worried she would feel isolated in her new position. Instead, she said, “I loved it! I had the chance to interact with everyone in CSR and feed on the energy of the important work everyone is doing.”
She and her husband love to travel. She spent one birthday atop a 4-wheeler on a mountain in Bora Bora, Tahiti, and has cruised on the Yangtze, Amazon, Nile and Danube rivers. They plan more traveling and also more time at their vacation home at Virginia’s Massanutten Mountain. No doubt Scibek will find another opportunity to float aloft in a hot-air balloon.
Gaiano Named Chief of CSR Group
|Dr. Nicholas Gaiano
Dr. Nicholas Gaiano has been named chief of the Center for Scientific Review’s integrative, functional and cognitive neuroscience (IFCN) integrated review group.
“Dr. Gaiano has been an outstanding health science administrator for our neurobiology of motivated behavior study section,” said CSR director Dr. Richard Nakamura. “He will bring to his new position important insights and perspectives of someone who has excelled as an extramural scientist.” Nakamura noted that, before coming to CSR, Gaiano was an associate professor with publications in Nature, Science, Neuron and Nature Neuroscience.
As IFCN chief, Gaiano will oversee eight study sections and numerous special emphasis panels that review a broad range of NIH grant applications to fund neuroscience research devoted to advancing understanding of how the nervous system is organized and functions at an integrative, systems level.
Prior to joining CSR, Gaiano was an associate professor in the departments of neurology, neuroscience and oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where for 10 years he ran a lab that conducted studies on embryonic neural stem cell regulation, neuronal plasticity and brain tumor formation, with a particular focus on the Notch signaling pathway. His lab was funded by grants from NINDS, NIMH and numerous private foundations.
Gaiano earned his Ph.D. in developmental genetics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and did his postdoctoral research in developmental neurobiology at NYU School of Medicine.