People in the News (02/09/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (02/09/2020): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the promotion of associate corporate secretary NICOLE HOWE BUGGS to the position of chief administrative officer and corporate secretary, following nearly ten years of service to the foundation. The foundation also announced that TRISH CALLAHAN has joined the corporation as chief human resources officer. Howe Buggs joined the corporation in 2011 after running grants management at the Public Welfare Foundation, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Callahan spent fifteen years with Sesame Workshop, the production company that produces Sesame Street, where she rose to the position of vice president of human resources, overseeing services for three hundred employees. Howe Buggs and Callahan will be assuming responsibilities formerly managed by ELLEN BLOOM, the corporation's vice president, chief administrative officer, and corporate secretary, who retired in December 2019 after twelve years with the organization.

D.C.- based Funders Concerned About AIDS has announced the election of three new members to its board of birectors. They are: CRYSTAL D. CRAWFORD, a program director at the California Wellness Foundation, where she currently manages grantmaking related to HIV/AIDS and STIs, re-entry, and diversity in the health professions; KALI LINDSEY, portfolio lead for U.S. and Global LGBT programs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and STELLAH BOSIRE, co-executive director of UHAI-EASHRI, Africa's first indigenous activist fund supporting sexual and gender minorities and sex worker human rights.

Americans for the Arts has announced the election of IRA SALLEN, chief operating officer at BMG/Primary Wave Label Services, to a three-year term on its board of directors. Sallen has worked in some capacity for global entertainment company BMG for more than twenty-eight years, starting as vice president of human resources for BMG International. In 1991, he assisted in the recruitment of Simon Cowell to BMG UK and continued to work closely with him throughout his time with the company, later assisting him in the formation of SYCO as well as other business ventures, including Cowell's relationship with the American IdolAmerica's Got Talent, and X Factor franchises. Prior to his career in entertainment, Sallen studied clinical psychology at the New School of Social Research and was awarded a research fellowship at The Rockefeller University to study the impact of certain psychotropic medications on the memory of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of New York University and also serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

The Science Philanthropy Alliance in Palo Alto, California, has named VALERIE CONN as its new president. In her various roles at SPA (vice president, executive director), Conn has been committed to growing the basic science philanthropy sector and has helped build a team of senior scientific advisors, philanthropy advisors, and early-career PhD scientists who provide expert advice to philanthropists on how to support fundamental scientific research. Prior to joining the alliance, she was vice president of strategy for the B612 Foundation, where she worked with astronauts and scientists to protect Earth from asteroid impacts. She also spent a decade in development at the University of Chicago, where she led teams in the Physical Sciences Division and various university strategic initiatives, including developing and implementing the strategy for resources, partners, and marketing for the Giant Magellan Telescope.

The alliance also announced SHIRLEY TILGHMAN, PhD, as senior science advisor. A champion of the importance of scientific discovery and its positive impact on people around the world, Tilghman was the nineteenth president of Princeton University, the first woman and first biologist to hold that position. Prior to becoming president, Tilghman was the founding director of the university's LewisSigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and helped launch the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. Known for her national leadership in advancing the careers of women in science and engineering, Tilghman was a founding member of the National Institute of Health's National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project as well as a member of the committee charged with designing and planning U.S. work on the project.

In other news, PND notes the passing of FRANK H.T. RHODES on February 3 at the age of 93. An esteemed paleontologist, Rhodes served as the ninth president of Cornell University (1977-1995) and in that role became an influential voice in national academic and university leadership circles. During his tenure, research funding at Cornell more than tripled, from $88 million to more than $300 million; major initiatives in astronomy, supercomputing, biotechnology, nanofabrication and Asian studies were established; a successful $1.5 billion capital campaign was launched and completed; and diversity at the university among students and faculty significantly increased. According to the Cornell Chronicle, Rhodes stressed four "reaffirmations" necessary to secure a healthy future for the university: the power of reason; the strength of community; the priority of research and teaching; and the importance of the wider partnership beyond the campus. "Frank Rhodes epitomized academic excellence, championed scientific inquiry, and led Cornell University so naturally, optimistically, and gracefully for nearly two decades that he set the standard by which all research university presidents can be measured," said Ezra Cornell '70, Cornell University life trustee and a direct descendant of university founder Ezra Cornell. "I will cherish the decades I spent working with him to further the university's mission. My heart goes out to Rosa, their daughters, and to Frank's extended loving family."

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