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Director's Honor Awards

By Blondell Peterson
January 2006

Michelle Mayo gave the Director a big hug before he presents her with a DERT Individual Award.
Michelle Mayo gave the Director a big hug before he presents her with a DERT Individual Award. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Janet Guthrie received an Individual Award from DRCPT.
Janet Guthrie received an Individual Award from DRCPT. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Colin Chignell received a certificate for 40 years of Federal service.
Colin Chignell received a certificate for 40 years of Federal service. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Alicia Moore received a Peer award.
Alicia Moore received a Peer award. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Janice Allen received an Unsung Hero Award for her work reviewing grant applications.
Janice Allen received an Unsung Hero Award for her work reviewing grant applications. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Margarita Roake received a Peer Award.
Margarita Roake received a Peer Award. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Leroy Worth received an Unsung Hero award for his work in reviewing grant applications.
Leroy Worth received an Unsung Hero award for his work in reviewing grant applications. (Photo by Steve McCaw, Image Associates.)

Director David Schwartz presented NIH Merit Awards to NIEHS' best during the annual Director's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony on Dec. 15 in the Rodbell Auditorium. Fellows Award for Research Excellence, Unsung Hero and Peer Awards were also presented. NIH Director's Award recipients were recognized at the ceremony as well.

Schwartz said the holiday season is a time for everyone to reflect on the year and be thankful for the things they have and all the potential opportunities in 2006. He also said the award ceremony was a time to publicly recognize some extraordinary individual contributions to the success of the NIEHS mission in 2005.

Schwartz expressed his deep appreciation for the commitment and dedication of all NIEHS employees. He said there were numerous research accomplishments by NIEHS scientists, and many new programs were implemented to address the challenge of focusing on human health. Schwartz noted that national press organizations including the New York Times, LA Times and Wall street Journal newspapers, several magazines and television stations, recognized many of these accomplishments throughout the past year.

Sam Wilson, NIEHS deputy director, read citations and presented the following NIH Merit awards:

Office of the Director  
Gulf Coast Hurricanes Richard Freed Joseph Hughes
Response Team Brenda Weis Beth Anderson
Samuel Wilson Angie Sanders Gwen Collman
Stella Sieber Mary Wolfe William Suk
Allen Dearry Samuel Arbes Diane Forsythe
William Stokes Claudia Thompson Mary Grant

DIVISION OF EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING
Individual Awards
Michelle MayoClaudia Thompson

Scientific Review, Evaluation, and Award Working Group
Lisa Archer
Michelle Mayo
Elizabeth McMillan

Environmental Epigenomic Research Initiative
Fred Tyson
Jerrold Heindel

Extramural Research Programs Evaluation Team
David Balshaw Cindy Lawler Shobha Srinivasan
Martha Barnes Pat Mastin Anne Thompson
Allan Benton Pamela Moore Claudia Thompson
Gwen Collman Liam O'Fallon Patricia Thompson
Dorothy Duke Ted Outwater Sally Tinkle
Ethel Jackson Jerry Phelps Ben Van Houten
Dennis Lang Leslie Reinlib  


WETB Recompetition Team
Sharon Beard Ted Outwater
Joseph Hughes Sally Eckert-Tillota
Carolyn Mason Patricia Thompson
Pamela Clark  

DIVISION OF INTRAMURAL RESEARCH
Individual Awards
June Dunnick
Vickie Englebright
Diane Forsythe
Mary Wolfe

DIVISION OF RESEARCH COORDINATION, PLANNING AND TRAINING
Individual Awards
Ellen Leadem
Janet Guthrie

Office of Communications and Public Liaison News Team
Christine Bruske Flowers
Robin Mackar
John Peterson

Strategic Planning Workgroup  
Samuel Wilson Cindy Lawler Darryl Zeldin
Sheila Newton Stephanie London Janet Guthrie
Trevor Archer Frederick Miller Mary Gant
Gwen Collman William Suk Raymond Grissom
Traci Hall Jack Taylor Thomas Hawkins
Michelle Hooth Clarice Weinberg William Jirles
Thomas Kunkel Allen Wilcox  

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT
Individual Awards
Dona McNeill

NIH Director's award recipients Perry Blackshear, Cindy Lawler, Kathy Odenwald and Thorsten Fjellstedt were recognized. The awards were formally presented in Bethesda at NIH on July 18.

In recognition of completing 30 years of service to NIEHS and 40 years of federal service in 2005, the following employees received certificates:

Federal Service 40 year employee
Colin Chignell

NIEHS 30 year employees  
Gary Boorman John Horton Fred Mitchell
James Clark Teenette Jones Sharyn Rigsbee
Diane Crawford Jo Ann Lewis  
Beverly Hall Bob Maronpot  

FARE awards were presented to 22 NIEHS postdoctoral fellows for outstanding scientific research. These winners in the 12th annual NIH-wide FARE competition received a $1,000 stipend to attend a scientific meeting and present their abstract as a poster or seminar.

FARE awards    
Michelle Block, Ph.D. Elaine Gay, Ph.D. Ruby Hong-Ngoc B. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Aimin Chen, MD, Ph.D. Christopher Halweg, Ph.D. Nobuaki Nishioka, MD, Ph.D.
Hye-Youn Cho, Ph.D. Kenichi Imahashi, Ph.D. Dario Ramirez, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Kuicheon Choi, Ph.D. Kaoru Inoue, Ph.D. Arno Siraki, Ph.D.
Kyung-Soo Chun, Ph.D. Jennifer Jordan, B.S. Xuting Wang, Ph.D.
Melissa Garcia, Ph.D. Yong-Sik Kim, Ph.D. Ling Yang, Ph.D.
Miguel Garcia-Diaz, Ph.D. Nick Lu, Ph.D.  
Damian Gawel, Ph.D. Daniel Menendez, Ph.D.  

Four Peer Awards were presented. Established in 1999, the Peer Award is a unique mechanism for NIEHS employees to recognize coworkers who have consistently provided extraordinary assistance to fellow workers. It includes a monetary award and an engraved jade crystal.

Alicia Moore received a peer award for her dedication and leading role in establishing the NIEHS Disability Advocacy Committee and her personal commitment to increasing disability awareness at NIEHS.

For her strong charismatic leadership, cheerful personality and her "tell me what you need and I will make it happen" attitude, Margarita Roake was recognized with a peer award.

Debra Swope received a Peer award for attaining national recognition for the NIEHS fellows training programs through her dedicated contributions to both leading and befriending fellows.

For continuously going above and beyond the call of duty and ensuring that every aspect of her work is carried out effectively and efficiently, Gail Kestner received a Peer award.

Two NIEHS employees received the Unsung Hero Award. This award is an avenue for supervisors to recognize ewho make valuable contributions that have a significant ion the programs of the Institute. These contributions are sometimes behind the scenes and might otherwise go unrecognized.

Janice Allen received an Unsung Hero award for exemplary management in her reviews of grant applications including Superfund, metabolomics, MD Anderson P30, Iannaccone PO1 and TIP-all with great skill and perseverance.

Leroy Worth received an Unsung Hero award for remaining a valuable team member of the scientific review branch while completing grant application review work including obesity, Costa's P3, ARCH and EJ.

In addition to the awards presented during the ceremony, many other awards NIEHS employees received other awards throughout the year, which were listed in a separate program.

After closing remarks by Schwartz, NIEHS employees departed to the cafeteria for the annual International Day Celebration.



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