In December, Katherine A. McGlynn, Ph.D., M.P.H., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, stepped down as chair of the DCEG Committee of Scientists (COS) after three-and-a-half years. She has been succeeded by Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch.
During Dr. McGlynn's time as chair, the COS focused its attention on improving the technology transfer process, an important component of DCEG's highly collaborative research program. The DCEG Technology Transfer Committee was created with representatives from each branch and works closely with Marianne K. Henderson, M.S., Chief of the Office of Division Operations and Analysis, to streamline the process of developing material and data transfer agreements. Recently, the COS has also worked on issues involving the new NCI building at Shady Grove in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The committee's efforts have helped ensure that all Division staff are represented and informed about new building developments.
The COS advises the Division Director about issues that affect the ability of DCEG scientists to conduct research, to further their career development, and to enhance their overall scientific environment. Since the Division was created in 1995, the COS has made numerous major contributions to the quality of work life for all scientific staff in the Division.