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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 24
November 28, 2008
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Early Practice Builds Chess Expertise Across the Life-Span
Army, NIMH Partner to Study Suicide
NEI Hosts 2nd Annual ‘Focus on Fellows’
NIH Welcomes ‘Emerging Leaders’
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Fall Is a Time of Transitions at NIH

The late fall is bringing a number of leadership changes in Bldg. 1 and elsewhere that will have an effect on many aspects of the agency. Eight NIH officials recently changed job status.

The biggest change occurred Oct. 24, when HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced that Dr. Raynard Kington would become acting NIH director following the departure of Dr. Elias Zerhouni. Kington had been principal deputy director of NIH since Feb. 9, 2003. He has shared in the overall leadership, policy direction and coordination of NIH biomedical research and research training programs since that time. Prior to this appointment, he had been NIH associate director for behavioral and social sciences research and from January 2002 to November 2002, he served as acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Before coming to NIH, Kington was director of the Division of Health Examination Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a senior scientist in the health program at the RAND Corp.

Visiting Scientist Fenster Wins Women’s Marathon
  Dr. Cate Fenster
  Dr. Cate Fenster

Dr. Cate Fenster, a professor of biology at the College of Wooster in Ohio who is spending the fall semester on sabbatical at NIH, will have more to take back with her than new knowledge about neuroscience when she returns home at Christmastime. On Oct. 26, she won the women’s division of the Marine Corps Marathon in a time of 2:48. It was her first marathon ever.

Fear of injury and stories of the “horrors of recovery” from other runners had prevented her from running the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in the past. “I love running,” she said, “and wouldn’t want to risk an injury that might keep me off the road for any length of time.” But Fenster, 37, was encouraged to enter the Marine event after running respect ably in an invitation-only 8K U.S. Track and Field Association national championship race in Akron at the end of September.