Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2010 Annual Report

Hanna H. Gray Kurt L. Schmoke

Hanna H. Gray (left) and Kurt L. Schmoke (right)

Trustee News

After 13 years of dedicated service to HHMI as chairman of the Board of Trustees, Hanna H. Gray, president emeritus of The University of Chicago, stepped down from that role in 2010. She will continue to serve as trustee, and Kurt L. Schmoke, dean of the Howard University School of Law, has been elected chairman. The board also elected a new trustee this year, Fred R. Lummis.

A distinguished attorney and respected advisor to several organizations, Schmoke has dedicated much of his life to public service. In addition to academia, his career has included private practice, a domestic policy position in the Carter White House, and three terms as mayor of Baltimore, MD, where he focused on improving the city’s school system and economic development. Gray, President Emeritus of The University of Chicago, will continue to serve as a Trustee.

Lummis is chairman and chief executive officer of Platform Partners, LLC, a Houston, TX-based investment company he cofounded in 2006. Lummis and his family have a long association with HHMI. His father, William R. Lummis, served as a charter trustee of the Institute for more than two decades until his retirement in 2007. The elder Lummis played a critical role in the reorganization of the Institute following the death of Howard R. Hughes, Jr., the Institute's founder and Lummis’ cousin.

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Cheryl A. Moore

Cheryl A. Moore

Moore Appointed First Chief Operating Officer

Cheryl A. Moore became HHMI’s first chief operating officer (COO) on September 1, 2010.

Since 2004, Moore has served as COO for HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. There, she played a pivotal role in the institution’s development and was responsible for all operational aspects of the campus and its $100 million annual budget. Previously, Moore served as senior vice president and COO of what is now known as the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, CA.

As executive vice president and COO for HHMI, she will lead collaborative strategic efforts and personally oversee key operational functions, including communications, finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, and regional campus and conference services, including headquarters facilities.

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Sean B. Carroll

Sean B. Carroll

New Vice President for Science Education

Sean B. Carroll, an award-winning scientist, author, and educator, has been named HHMI’s vice president for science education. He succeeds Peter J. Bruns, a geneticist and former Cornell University faculty member, who announced his retirement last year after nine years in the post.

Carroll, an HHMI investigator since 1990, studies the development and evolution of animal form at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is considered a leader in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or evo-devo.

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Mohamoud Jibrell

Mohamoud Jibrell

New Vice President for Information Technology

Mohamoud Jibrell, an expert in global information technology, was appointed HHMI’s vice president for information technology. Jibrell joined the Institute in March 2010, after a seven-year tenure at the Ford Foundation. At HHMI, he leads a team responsible for security; infrastructure; and web, messaging, and business applications at headquarters, the Janelia Farm Research Campus, and the Institute’s global span of research locations.

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HHMI headquarters

HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD

Headquarters Expansion

In April 2010, HHMI completed a 75,000-square-foot expansion to its Maryland headquarters, allowing HHMI to bring its entire headquarters staff under one roof. The addition allows an increase of headquarters employees from 260 to 350 and was designed utilizing the U.S. Green Building Council’s internationally recognized green building certification system known as LEED. LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. The expansion team consisted of Bowie Gridley Architects of Washington, D.C., architect; Louise Schiller, landscape architect; and The Mark Winkler Company of Alexandria, VA, development manager.

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Fellowships & Grants

Fellowships & Grants

Five new Gilliam Fellows, the latest cycle of Med Into Grad awards, and a recap of the 2009 Holiday Lectures on Science.

Research Highlights

Research Highlights

Explore the work of HHMI scientists through an interactive feature that highlights some of their notable discoveries in 2010.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Many HHMI scientists, scholars, and educators received special recognition this year.

Photo Credit: Gray: Will Crockett  Schmoke: William K. Geiger  Moore: Robert Merhaut  Carroll: Jeff Miller  Jibrell: Paul Fetters  HQ: James Kegley