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2022 Washington-Baltimore MSDG Young Investigator Travel Awards

The Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (WBMSDG) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Young Investigator Travel Awards. Awards will be granted to outstanding young investigators at the undergraduate or graduate student level to support travel to the 70th ASMS Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Undergraduate and graduate students in laboratories and institutions traditionally associated with the WBMSDG in the following geographic regions are encouraged to apply: from Richmond and Charlottesville, VA to the South and Newark, DE to the North. Three awards will be given. 1st place: $600, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $400.

Complete applications consist of the following items:
1. Travel Grant 2022 Application form (includes a checklist)
2. Electronic copy of ASMS abstract
3. Evidence of abstract acceptance by ASMS indicating the presentation format (poster or oral)
4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
5. Two-page summary of research project (figures can be included)
6. Letter of recommendation from advisor

Applicants should submit Items 1-5 listed above as a single PDF file to Dr. Casey Daniels. Item 6 must be sent directly by the applicant’s advisor to Dr. Casey Daniels:

Dr. Casey Daniels
WBMSDG co-chair
Email: casey.daniels@astrazeneca.com

The deadline for applications is 5 PM EST on Friday, May 6th, 2022. A panel of WBMSDG members will act as reviewers. Please note, previous winners are encouraged to apply if the award application for the upcoming ASMS conference significantly differs from the previously successful application. In the event that ASMS is cancelled, awards will be given out as well as prize amounts up to the full award to cover any incurred costs associated with ASMS travel. Successful applicants will be expected to give a 10-minute oral presentation at the post-ASMS WBMSDG meeting on June 20th, 2022 at Shimadzu Scientific in Columbia, MD.

Sandy Markey, Ph.D.

Sanford P. Markey, Ph.D. 1942-2022.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Sandy Markey, loving husband of Carol, father of Amy (and Shane), Daniel (and Robyn), and grandfather of Ella, Zachary, and Chloe. Sandy lost his long battle with cancer on the morning of February 6, 2022.

All who met Sandy immediately felt his warmth, sincerely, and empathy and shortly afterwards discovered his clarity of thought. These qualities had a major effect on our programs at NIST both before and after his retirement from NIH nearly ten years ago. We develop reference mass spectral libraries here, but even before such a library existed, in the earliest days of the ASMS Sandy lobbied for that that organization to lead a community-based effort to construct such a resource. This reflected his long-held commitment to service and his view of science as a community-based endeavor. This idea of a library was pursued through Hank Fales at NIH, eventually leading to our program – now the NIST/EPA/NIH library, for which he played a role in throughout his career, submitting some of its earliest entries. When I visited Sandy about 20 years ago, he suggested that we build a library of peptide spectra. “Interesting idea” I said, “but what is a peptide?”. He told me and after further instruction we now have a highly developed peptide ion fragmentation library and major involvement in the field of proteomics – including current studies on the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein and our long involvement with the NIH/NCI Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium program, in which Sandy played a major role. In the meantime, he co-founded the US HUPO organization using creative financing to get it started which he never divulged to me. While at NIH he sent two colleagues to NIST, Jeri Roth and Sara Yang, one of whom managed our initial proteomics program and another who still leads our tandem library software development work. With retirement from NIH in view, they convinced him to accept a 3-days-a-week appointment at NIST. Since then, Sandy has been a central figure in our quality control program and was well known here for his ready assistance to all, especially junior staff, in introducing them to the ways of doing and publishing research. He even advised us of a major animal milk resource at the National Zoo, leading to new libraries and an article in the Washington Post. I am pleased also that we linked him to one of our external evaluators, with whom his enjoyed sailing just a few years ago in, of all places, Tennessee. He was always deeply supportive of members of our group, ready to help them make the best decision. Many members of our group and in the community sorely miss him. His presence here was also a major factor in our recent recruitment of two senior NIH staff who knew him well, Lewis Geer and Douglas Slotta who had hoped to work with him for a much longer time. Sandy has left a deep imprint on the work on many at NIST and in our memories. It is great fortune to have known him. – Stephen Stein, NIST

When I think of Sandy, I think of someone who was always drawing people in. And Sandy was involved in lots of things and knew lots of people. Most recently, we have him to thank for being the motivating force behind incorporating the WBMSDG as a non-profit entity. Sandy drew on his experience and connections in founding and incorporating US HUPO to help us and guide us through the process. Even though that was recent, it feels like it was ages ago. Sandy always made it a point to be very approachable and to know everyone and to be very encouraging. – Jim Kelley, NIH

Sandy was a great mentor for the mass spectrometry community at NIH over many decades. I personally had the benefit of his presence by consulting with him at almost every step of my career advancement. He was very respected and loved by colleagues at NIH. He organized proteomics symposium at NIH in 2001 to stimulate the interest of NIH on the then emerging field. He always promoted the collaborative spirit in the community. At the 2016 symposium held in honor of his retirement from NIH, Sandy urged us to continue the symposium at a regular basis as a new collaborative avenue among mass spectrometry community in the area. He was a warm and caring person, always thinking of the community ahead of his own interest. We will miss him greatly. – Hee-Yong Kim, NIH
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Sandy co-organized the WBMSDG in the late 1970s was a speaker in 2013, 2012, 2011, 1990, 1985, and 1982.

2021 Washington-Baltimore MSDG Young Investigator Travel Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following recipients of the WBMSDG Young Investigator Travel Awards:

Anh Tran, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (Advisor: Jace Jones), 1st place: “High Resolution Ion Mobility of Sphingolipids: a Multi-Adduct Perspective”

Aparna Baxi & Jie Li, University of Maryland (Advisor: Peter Nemes), 2nd place: “In “Proteo-Metabolomics of Spemann’s Organizer in the Vertebrate (Frog) Embryo” and “In Vivo Subcellular Mass Spectrometry Enables Systems Biology in Single Embryonic Cells”

Amanda Belunis, University of Maryland Baltimore County (Advisor: William R. LaCourse), 3rd place: “EPA 537.1 method validation for the detection of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water sources”

Friday deadline: 2021 Young Investigator Travel Awards

2021 Washington-Baltimore MSDG Young Investigator Travel Awards

The Washington-Baltimore Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group (WBMSDG) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Young Investigator Travel Awards. Awards will be granted to outstanding young investigators at the undergraduate or graduate student level to support travel to the 69th ASMS Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Undergraduate and graduate students in laboratories and institutions traditionally associated with the WBMSDG in the following geographic regions are encouraged to apply: from Richmond and Charlottesville, VA to the South and Newark, DE to the North. Three awards will be given. 1st place: $600, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $400.

Complete applications consist of the following items:
1. Travel Grant 2021 Application form (includes a checklist)
2. Electronic copy of ASMS abstract
3. Evidence of abstract acceptance by ASMS indicating the presentation format (poster or oral)
4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
5. Two-page summary of research project (figures can be included)
6. Letter of recommendation from advisor

Applicants should submit Items 1-5 listed above as a single PDF file to Dr. Zongming Fu. Item 6 must be sent directly by the applicant’s advisor to Dr. Zongming Fu:

Zongming Fu, Ph.D.
Senior Manager
GSK Vaccines
14200 Shady Grove Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: (301) 412-5727
Email: zongming.x.fu@gsk.com

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, September 24th, 2021. A panel of WBMSDG members will act as reviewers. Please note, previous winners are encouraged to apply if the award application for the upcoming ASMS conference significantly differs from the previously successful application. In the event that ASMS is cancelled, awards will be given out as well as prize amounts up to the full award to cover any incurred costs associated with ASMS travel. Successful applicants will be expected to give a 10-minute oral presentation at the post-ASMS WBMSDG meeting on November 15th, 2021 at Shimadzu Scientific in Columbia, MD.

Timothy R. Croley, Ph.D.

From https://www.barrancofuneralhome.com/obituary/timothy-croley:

Tim Croley, loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and beloved friend, passed away on May 20th surrounded by loved ones. He was 49 years old.

Born on November 1st, 1971, in Corbin, Kentucky, to Ray and Myong-Cha Croley, Tim was an inquisitive and fastidious boy, traits that he carried his whole life that steered him toward a life dedicated to science, the advancement of knowledge, and public service. Despite his formidable intellect Tim was not studious. The strictures of school seemed to confound him. His mind worked more like that of an artist—free ranging, rambling, searching for disparate points of connection—and traditional instruction did not serve him well. When a 10th grade math teacher told him she didn’t think he could pass her class, he buckled down and received an A more as an act of defiance than in an effort prove anything to her. Tim’s fiery spirit and competitiveness were his most demonstrable qualities, and he used his considerable reserves of both to fuel him in everything he pursued from his profession to his athletic endeavors, particularly golf and basketball. He was a beautiful player on the court, skilled with an endless variety of feints and jabs and ball handling mastery that left even superior athletes in their tracks. Tim’s deep range from three made him difficult to defend, forcing opponents to check him tight, where he could then use a flurry dribbles and fakes to drive past them for an easy layup or no-look pass. Well into his forties, the drive to win he possessed as a boy never left him and, in fact, may have hardened, causing bemusement to his friends and family as well as admiration. On the golf course, Tim’s athleticism manifested itself in a long, powerful swing that launched the ball with screaming velocity that he then ratcheted down to a velvet touch (his words) around the green.

Possessing an uncommon charisma, Tim left a wide trail of close friends in the many places he lived. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Tim earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Mississippi State University when he was just 26 years old. Working in the important specialty field of mass spectrometry, he was an active leader in the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and was well-known in the field, authoring or co‐authoring more than 60 publications. He left Starkville for a post-doctoral fellowship at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and from there he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he worked in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Tim spent his mornings in Little Rock whittling down his golf handicap, his afternoons studying the effects of methamphetamine, and his evenings playing softball. Tim’s twin pursuits in life were knowledge and sports, and he applied his appetite for winning to his intellectual inquiries and brought his smarts and sensitivity to understanding and excelling at the sports he played. And while he is remembered as an intense competitor among his friends, family, and coworkers, he was also known for his exceeding charm and wit, his ability to give friends devastating nicknames that cut them down to size, his abiding sense of fairness, professionally and personally.

On September 6, 2001, Tim took a job with the state government of Virginia as Lead Scientist, Special Projects and Chemical Terrorism. In the days that followed after 9/11, he played a prominent role in creating applications and procedures to both identify and prepare the commonwealth for potential terrorist attacks. It was also while living in Richmond he met the love of his life, Callie. They were married in 2004 and in the winter of 2006, they welcomed their first son, Cooper Ray, to their family to be followed by a second son, Davis Vance, in the summer of 2009. Of the many achievements in his remarkable—and all too short—life nothing pleased or brought him greater joy than his marriage to Callie and the raising of his two sons. He often remarked, “The greatest thing I ever did was marry Callie and have Cooper and Davis.” His family was his greatest pride.

The last ten years of his life were spent in Severna Park, Maryland, where he became a fixture at a local gym, playing pick-up basketball, as well as coaching his sons. His summers, as always, were spent on golf courses both near and far with annual trips to Pinehurst, North Carolina where he was joined by his brother, Mike, and their friends Rob and Skip, and a rotating cast of characters who were constantly entertained by his deep repertoire of stories. In everything Tim did, he brought to bear a precision and methodology from how best to solve problems in his lab, to checking with Callie if the four brightly colored outfits he picked for Pinehurst all matched and were stylish. At the annual convention of his field of study, scientists throughout the country sought him out for counsel, jokes, good cheer, and stories that lasted deep into the night. In a world short on renaissance men, Tim cared deeply about sports, politics, science, and art. He was especially committed in the last five years at his job with the Food and Drug Administration to issues of equality, particularly, for women pursuing careers in science within the organization, ensuring they were given opportunities for advancement.

One of the particularly cruel twists of fate for Tim when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 was that he had just whittled his handicap back down to a 7 and had purchased a new set of clubs. He would swing them for fewer rounds than he hoped as he increasingly became sicker. Cancer also stole his weekly basketball games, but not his ability to coach Cooper and his 12-year-old boys’ team to an undefeated season. The last year of his life was filled with far too many hospital visits, but the pandemic allowed Tim the precious time he craved with his family. One of the highlights of those days were his daily walks with Davis.

On each hospital visit he always rallied, determined to get better, believing a drug would be created that could give him more time with Callie, his boys, his friends. To the very end his family was his tether to this world, this life where he could shoot a deep three, walk a golf course in the fading sun, hold his boys in his arms, kiss his wife goodnight.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Barranco Severna Park Funeral Home & Cremation Care, P.A., 495 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD, 21146.

A GoFundMe page has been established for Cooper and Davis’s college education at: https://gofund.me/6f8ffd61

Electronic condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at mjcroley@gmail.com