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Lance D. Silverman, Ph.D.

Posted 16 September 2017 - 01:06 PM

I met Adele forty-five years ago, just after I got out of college when I started work as a research lab technician at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Adele was one of three Ph.D. scientists working for Dr. Aaron Posner, studying biomineralization. I was twenty-two years old and Adele was twenty-nine. I worked full time at HSS for two years, and then one day a week for the next five years while I earned my Ph.D. in chemistry.

Adele was very much a hands-on researcher, almost always in her lab, working over racks of test-tubes on her early kinetic studies of mineral formation. Only rarely would I see her at her desk, which was always cluttered with papers, books, and journals. Adele had a sign over her desk that read, “A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.” She worked alongside of a technician or summer student. Even then she’d earned a reputation as a mentor for her younger employees, getting their names on publications and helping them move on to medical or gr...

Christopher C. Mbadugha

Posted 10 May 2017 - 03:31 PM

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Joan McGowan

Posted 09 May 2017 - 03:45 PM

I think everyone will comment on Adele's mentoring and I must add that your NIH scientists are among those she generously educated - not just by serving on review groups and panels but personally helping us help you. I met Adele and Barbara Boyan at my first Gordon Conference and they took me under their wings and introduced me to both the leading and emerging scientists and especially, showed me the fun they had being scientists. Adele started the Orthopaedic Research Society's Women's Leadership Forum and in that arena there was an amazing growth in the participation of women in all levels of leadership over the last decade - all to the good of the society!

Condolences to Jay and Beth and all of us. We will miss her gentle wisdom.
Joan McGowan


Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:39 AM

Adele Boskey was a thoughtful scientist who meticulously carried out his research and mentored many colleagues. She leaves a legacy of seminal scientific contributions that will always be acknowledged as the field moves forward. I thank you Adele for our numerous discussions about bone quality. I am thinking of her family and I send them my deepest sympathy. Thank you for all Adele
Georges BOIVIN (Lyon, France)

208635, Lauren Taggart

Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time member Adele Boskey, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

Dr. Boskey was a pioneer in the bone mineralization field. Among her many discoveries and contributions to the field, Dr. Boskey was a pioneer in characterizing bone mineral changes in skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets. She was the 2015 recipient of the ASBMR Lawrence G. Raisz Esteemed Award for outstanding achievements in preclinical translational research in the bone and mineral field. Her recent work suggests that measuring bone quality, rather than bone density, promises greater accuracy and could predict what characteristics of bone put patients at risk of fracture.

A lifelong volunteer and mentor, Dr. Boskey served many years on various committees and boards in ASBMR, ORS, IADR, NOF, AAOS, and OIF. A recognized mentor of countless grad students, postdocs, and early career scientists,...

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