Gillman Pushes Past Hardships to Help Other Vets

Jake Gillman, a veteran, helps NIH hire vets.
Jake Gillman, a veteran, helps NIH hire vets.


A year ago, Jake Gillman attended a career fair as a veteran looking for a new opportunity. In September, he attended the same Hiring Our Heroes event at Nationals Park, this time as an NIH contractor.

“I went to the Nats Park hiring event [this year] so I could help forward veterans’ résumés to hiring officials,” said Gillman, a scientific program manager at the Center for Cellular Engineering in the Clinical Center’s department of transfusion medicine.

“When I first started going to [veteran recruiting] conferences, [I realized] after speaking with other vets out there, it takes a really long time for vets to translate their skills to the working world,” Gillman said. “I believe veterans have a strong work ethic and [most] have a core base values system that makes them work harder at their positions. That’s why I try to help as many vets as I can when I get the opportunity.”

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NIH Honors Legacy of Pioneering Cancer Scientist Rabson

Katie Couric at
ceremony honoring
Dr. Alan S. Rabson
Katie Couric at ceremony honoring Dr. Alan S. Rabson

Colleagues, friends and family of Dr. Alan S. Rabson gathered at Natcher Bldg. Oct. 30 to celebrate the life of the distinguished physician-scientist, who provided more than a half-century of service to NIH. Their stories, anecdotes and memories of Rabson, who passed away in July, were of a brilliant, dedicated and, above all, kind man who continues to inspire many in the NIH community and beyond.

Rabson had many roles at NIH, including 20 years working in the NCI Laboratory of Pathology. He served as director of what is now NCI’s Division of Cancer Biology and later became a long-time deputy director of the institute. He was renowned for his scientific achievements, including research on tumor virology and cancer pathology, but also for his leadership style, compassion and sense of humor.

The celebration was fittingly held in Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium, named for Rabson’s wife of 59 years. Kirschstein was an eminent NIH scientist as well: the first woman to direct an IC (NIGMS) and she served as deputy director and acting director of NIH before she passed away in 2009.
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