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NIEHS Science Awards 2005

December 2004

Deputy Scientific Director Bill Schrader and Perry Blackshear, director of  clinical research.
Deputy Scientific Director Bill Schrader presents the Scientist of the Year award to Perry Blackshear, director of clinical research.

Perry Blackshear, director of NIEHS clinical research, took top honors as Scientist of the Year for 2005 at the second annual NIEHS Science Awards Day Nov. 4.

Deputy Scientific Director Bill Schrader presented the award, describing Blackshear as a man of "impeccable credentials." David Armstrong, from the Laboratory of Signal Transduction, nominated Blackshear for the award.

Blackshear, an endocrinologist, was a Rhodes Scholar and received a D.Phil. degree from Trinity College at Oxford University. His medical degree is from Harvard. He was an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard before joining the Duke faculty in 1984. In addition to his duties at Duke as a professor of medicine and biochemistry, he was an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute there.

Additional awards included:

  • Mentor of the Year: John Pritchard, chief of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Chemistry
  • Early Career Award, given to staff or tenured scientists within 10 years of receiving a doctorate: Marilyn Diaz.
  • Best Oral Presentation: Wendy Jefferson
  • Best Poster Presentation in Environmental Biology: Margaret Das
  • Best Poster Presentation in Environmental Medicine & Diseases: John M. Seubert
  • Best Poster Presentation in Environmental Toxicology: Wei Zhang
  • Paper of the Year Award: Jin, Y.H., Clark, A.B., Slebos, R.J.C., Al-Refai, H., Taylor, J.A., Kunkel, T.A., Resnick, M.A., and Gordenin, D.A. "Cadmium is a mutagen that acts by inhibiting mismatch repair." (Nature Genetics, 34:326-329, 2003)


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