Fall 2009 • Issue 19
In This Issue...
Jenna Adamczyk has joined the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research as a research assistant. She recently obtained her bachelors of science degree from Gannon University, where she majored in biology and minored in theology. Ms. Adamczyk did extensive work in several areas of biology. She is interested in a career in medicine and, to that end, has participated in Health Careers Academy and volunteered at Shriners Hospital for Children as a peer supporter and assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy.
Pamela Anderson recently joined the Ethics and Management Branch, Office of Resource Management. Ms. Anderson comes to NIAAA through NIH’s Administrative Fellows Program as part of the Management Analysis track. She will be serving as NIAAA’s Telework Coordinator and PMAP Performance Liaison. She will begin training in the area of ethics and will work on developing standard operating procedures for a variety of administrative functions and provide assistance related to risk management and delegations of authority. In addition to her duties at NIAAA, Ms. Anderson will fully participate in the Administrative Fellows program.
Patty Bates joined NIAAA as the Institute’s Information Systems Security Officer. She will be responsible for coordinating, implementing, and enforcing IT security policies. She was formerly Manager of Information Security with Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. She brings more than 14 years of progressive experience performing a wide variety of IT project implementations; overseeing support and project teams; and establishing information protection objectives, policies, and procedures as part of an enterprise-wide information security program. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in technology management, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems management.
William Dunty, Ph.D., recently joined the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects as a Program Director. Dr. Dunty obtained his doctorate in cell and developmental biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. In his graduate work, he investigated the cellular and molecular bases for the teratogenic effect of ethanol during mouse embryogenesis. He received postdoctoral training in the Cancer and Developmental Biology Laboratory (CDBL) at NCI-Frederick. Dr. Dunty has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed publications.
Mark Siegal joined the Communications and Public Liaison Branch in September as NIAAA Web Manager. He comes to NIAAA from the National Library of Medicine, where he worked as a Senior Program Analyst. His responsibilities at NLM included Web site management for the Extramural Program. Mr. Siegal received his master’s degree in Information Systems and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University in March 2009, and his bachelor’s degree in Communication from Cornell University.
Diane Miller, MPA, longtime NIAAA communications chief, retired from Federal service at the end of July 2009. Ms. Miller served as the Chief of the NIAAA Communications and Public Liaison Branch for the past 19 years. During her tenure, she oversaw every stage of development of numerous award-winning products, including Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide; Alcohol Research & Health, the Institute’s quarterly, peer-reviewed scientific journal; television and radio public service announcements targeting youth and their parents; Web sites; bulletins and brochures; multimedia training; full-length videos; e-newsletters; exhibits; and other materials on nearly every topic related to alcohol and health. To expand the “reach” of NIAAA’s messages and products, Ms. Miller established collaborative working relationships with a number of constituency groups, sister NIH Institutes, and other Federal agencies.
Greg Roa, a writer in the Communications and Public Liaison Branch since 2002, left NIAAA in August 2009 to accept a position at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Robin I. Kawazoe, NIAAA Executive Officer, left the Institute effective October 23 to accept the position of Deputy Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Director, NIH. Ms. Kawazoe has been with NIAAA for more than 4 years, first serving in the role of Senior Advisor to the Director, as Acting Deputy Director from May 2006 to February 2008, and as the Executive Officer since September 2006. Before joining NIAAA, Ms. Kawazoe was Director of the Office of Science Policy and Planning in the Office of the Director (OD), NIH. Before coming to the NIH OD in 1996, she was Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications. Prior to joining the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 1988, she worked at the former Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration.
Mark Willenbring, M.D., Director of NIAAA Division of Treatment and Recovery Research, retired from Federal service on October 31, 2009. Since joining NIAAA in 2004, he oversaw the completion of the Institute’s phase-III clinical trial (COMBINE) and created the NIAAA Clinical Investigations Group (NCIG)—a first-of-its-kind, Institute-directed phase-II clinical trials program. Dr. Willenbring also led NIAAA’s Mechanisms of Behavior Change Initiative that shifts the traditional focus on refining existing behavioral interventions to one that addresses how and why change occurs. Dr. Willenbring was the architect of the 2005 edition of Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide, which had a broader audience and simpler screening method than earlier versions, as well as a new assessment strategy and guidance for managing the care of patients who drink heavily. Additionally, in 2007, Dr. Willenbring oversaw another significant revision of the Guide to incorporate an update on medications. He was a lead subject matter expert for NIAAA’s Rethinking Drinking, a booklet and Web site released in 2009, which were called “groundbreaking” by the New York Times. Dr. Willenbring’s efforts have established a high level of visibility for NIAAA with the extramural scientific community, professional organizations, and the general public in the United States, while the numerous international collaborations he facilitated on behalf of NIAAA have raised the Institute’s profile around the world. Upon retirement, Dr. Willenbring will serve as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he is planning to develop a national, regional, and local initiative to fill a need in the United States for a better approach to treating alcohol and other substance use disorders, based solidly in science, compassion, and public health.
Dr. Judith Arroyo and Ms. Robin Kawazoe recently received the NIH Director’s Award in recognition of contributions in the planning and coordination of the first NIH Summit, entitled “The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities,” December 16–18, 2008.
Drs. Bani Mukhopadhyay and Yossef Tam, research and postdoctoral fellows, respectively, in DICBR, will receive Fellows Awards for Research Excellence (FARE) in 2010. The FARE Award program recognizes outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. Drs. Mukhopadhyay and Tam are mentored by Dr. George Kunos.
Dr. Antonio Noronha received the 22nd Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Seixas Award for Distinguished Service from Dr. Peter Monti, RSA President.
Dr. Patricia Powell, Chief of the Science Policy Branch in the NIAAA Office of Science Policy and Communications, received the NIAAA Martin K. Trusty Excellence in Management Award in July.
Dr. Sam Zakhari, Director of the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects, received a Certificate of Appreciation from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for “Dedicated Service as an Executive Review Board Member for the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.” Dr. Zakhari also recently received the NIH Director’s Award for Science in recognition of his exceptional effort and leadership in promoting the advancement of emerging scientific areas in alcohol research.