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Vol. LX, No. 16
August 08, 2008

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Dr. Alexis D. Bakos

Bakos Named Chief of NCI Training Branch

Dr. Alexis D. Bakos has been named chief of the Diversity Training Branch (DTB), NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. She will coordinate DTB programs designed to improve the diversity of the cancer research workforce through training, career development, cancer education and community outreach. She previously was a program director at the National Institute of Nursing Research, where she worked on such issues as end-of-life/palliative care and informal care-giving and long-term care. She also chaired the end-of-life scientific interest group. Bakos received a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from Catholic University School of Nursing, an M.P.H. with a concentration in epidemiology from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in nursing from Johns Hopkins University. She also did 3 years of postdoctoral training as a cancer prevention fellow in NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention. She served on the U.S. House of Representatives select committee on aging as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow, is certified in gerontological nursing from the American Nurses’ Association and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Joanne Gallivan

NIDDK’s Gallivan Honored by Dietetic Association

Joanne Gallivan, director of NIH’s National Diabetes Education Program, has been named the sole recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Practice Award in Community Dietetics from the American Dietetic Association. The award is one of the highest given by the 65,000-member organization and recognizes Gallivan for demonstrating innovation, creativity, leadership and significant contributions to the advancement of practice and leadership in nutrition-related organizations. Gallivan is a registered dietitian and member of NIDDK’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison. She will accept the award in October during the session, “The Diabetes Pandemic: The Role of the Dietitian,” at the association’s annual conference in Chicago.

NIAMS Mourns Extramural Director Turkeltaub

Dr. Madeline R. Turkeltaub
Dr. Madeline R. Turkeltaub of NIAMS’s Division of Extramural Research Activities died June 21, leaving behind considerable scientific and personal achievements.

Dr. Madeline R. Turkeltaub, director of the Division of Extramural Research Activities at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, died of cancer on June 21. Much beloved by her family, institute colleagues and many other professionals and friends, she leaves behind a considerable scientific and personal legacy.

“Maddy was a critical part of the institute’s executive group and provided expert advice on so many things,” said NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz. “It was her tremendous experience in many areas, good sense and great judgment that underlay her abilities. She was also an extraordinarily warm and bright person who loved life and loved work.”

Turkeltaub joined NIAMS in 2004 as its clinical research project manager and in 2006 became deputy director of the Extramural Program. After a recent reorganization of the program, she was named director of the Division of Extramural Research Activities. In this position, she played a major role in managing activities between the extramural science divisions and the grants and scientific review branches. She also worked closely with the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health. Before coming to NIAMS, she held nurse consultant and public health analyst positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration.

A long-time nursing professional and mentor to many, Turkeltaub distinguished herself in academic, management and health care delivery positions. During the course of her career, she was assistant professor for adult primary care at the University of Maryland, director and professor of the nursing program at Montgomery College, assistant professor of nursing at Bowie State College, and professor of nursing at Prince George’s Community College. She also held senior posts at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Suburban Hospital and maintained a nursing practice since the 1980s.

Turkeltaub was a 9-year member of the Maryland board of nursing and its president for 2 years. She was also president of the Maryland Nurses Association from 1997 to 1999, chairman of the Montgomery County commission on health from 1996 to 2002, and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In addition, she was familiar to many as the host and moderator of Healthier Living, a Washington-area cable TV show for which she won an award in 1996 from the Maryland Public Health Association.

An author of over 20 nursing and other publications, Turkeltaub was the recipient of several NIH Merit Awards and HRSA citations, and received the NIH Director’s Award posthumously on July 21. She received her doctorate in higher education administration and curriculum development from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Long Island University.

“Maddy’s joie de vivre, positive attitude, commitment to others and love of people are a rare combination of attributes in any person,” said Katz. “We will all miss her.”

Turkeltaub leaves behind her husband of 42 years, Dr. Paul Turkeltaub; two children, Seth and Alyssa; her parents, George and Evelyn Katz; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Dr. Allan Lock

Retired Veterinarian Lock Is Mourned

Veterinarian Dr. Allan Lock of Bethesda passed away on July 22. A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Rd., Potomac, MD 20854 on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. He is survived by his wife Katherine of Bethesda; his daughters Cynthia Lock Tregillis of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Diana Lock Yeo of Los Angeles; his son Christopher of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Jennifer Lim of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Jean Mar of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; one brother, Alexander, of Sunnyvale, Calif.; two grandchildren; three nephews and two nieces; and other relatives.

A native of San Francisco, he retired in 2005 after nearly 30 years at NIH. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service for 30 years. The family suggests memorial donations to the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, 747 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017, (866) INFO-4-PI,

Veteran NIEHS Researcher Dies Unexpectedly

Dr. Colin Chignell

Dr. Colin Chignell

NIEHS chemist Dr. Colin Chignell died unexpectedly July 16 at age 70 in a drowning accident near North Myrtle Beach, S.C., while on a family vacation. An NIH employee for 42 years, he was a principal investigator in the photosensitization reactions group in the NIEHS Laboratory of Pharmacology at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren.

After receiving his Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of London in 1962, Chignell came to NIH as a visiting fellow. He served as one of the first National Institute of General Medical Sciences research associates in pharmacology and toxicology, a position he held from 1962 to 1965. Afterwards, he was a research pharmacologist in the molecular pharmacology section, Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute prior to joining NIEHS in 1977.

Chignell published more than 220 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical journals, as well as more than 30 book chapters and reviews. Among his many honors, he was awarded the John J. Abel prize by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He was recently named an associate editor of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology.

Chignell was respected and well-liked among his colleagues at NIEHS for his transformative research and collegial manner. NIEHS acting director Dr. Sam Wilson described the impact of Chignell’s contributions to the institute’s mission: “Throughout his long and productive career, Colin was committed to the pursuit of scientific excellence, and he was an important part of the extraordinary research team here at NIEHS. He will be missed by his many friends throughout the scientific community.”

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