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Ann Arvin appointed associate dean of research

Ann Arvin, the Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics and professor of microbiology and immunology, has been appointed associate dean of research, Charles Kruger, vice provost and dean of research and graduate policy, announced recently.

Arvin will work in the dean's office on a 50 percent assignment while continuing her work in the School of Medicine, Kruger said.

Arvin succeeds Ed Mocarski, who is returning to full-time work in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

"As the associate dean of research, Ann will be a primary contact for faculty and staff with issues involving Stanford research policies," Kruger said. "In particular, Ann will work with the school deans to maintain Stanford's Faculty Policy on Conflict of Commitment and Interest. She will also work with the Office of Technology Licensing on issues related to intellectual property and conflict situations."

The Research Compliance Office which staffs the Administrative Panels for Human Subjects in Medical and Nonmedical Research, for Laboratory Animal Care and for Biosafety reports to the associate dean of research.

"I hope to meet the responsibilities of this position, which have to do with helping the faculty deal with issues of compliance and conflict of interest," Arvin said. "I'm looking forward to helping enhance communication between the School of Medicine and other schools and also working on new initiatives related to interdisciplinary program development."

Arvin received her undergraduate education at Brown University, a master's degree in philosophy at Brandeis and her M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a pediatrics residency at the University of California-San Francisco and subspecialty training in infectious diseases at UCSF and Stanford and joined the Stanford faculty in 1978. Her principal interest is in childhood viral diseases and vaccine approaches to their prevention. Her laboratory research focuses on varicella zoster virus (VZV), the cause of chicken pox and herpes zoster (shingles).

Arvin received the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics in 1992 and has served on many national committees, including the Howard Hughes Research Training Fellowships review committee; Council of the American Society of Virology; Basic Science Advisory Committee, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; Executive Committee, Collaborative Antiviral Study Group, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Executive Board, Varicella-Zoster Virus Research Foundation.


By James Robinson

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