Frosh Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) won a seat on the elite Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

David Barr, founding ED of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, stepped down in February after four years.

Former Food and Drug Administration commish Jane E. Henney, MD, was axed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson even before he took office. Thompson said the dismissal was an expected transition casualty and not “political.”

Richard Jefferys, longtime head of the AIDS Treatment Data Network’s Access Project, joined the New York City-based International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in February as senior writer for the bimonthly IAVI Report.


The Kaiser Family Foundation awarded the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in December to two South Africans: an openly HIV positive former Constitutional judge, Edwin Cameron; and Jerry Coovadia, MD, a pediatric researcher and chair of last summer’s International AIDS Conference in Durban.


Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans, former armed revolutionaries-turned-model prisoners cum AIDS educators, won last-minute executive clemency from President Clinton after 15-plus years behind bars.