Environmental Factor, January 2006, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Director's Honor Awards
By Blondell Peterson
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
Michelle MayoClaudia Thompson
Scientific Review, Evaluation, and Award Working Group
Environmental Epigenomic Research Initiative
|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|
DIVISION OF INTRAMURAL RESEARCH
DIVISION OF RESEARCH COORDINATION, PLANNING AND TRAINING
Office of Communications and Public Liaison News Team
Christine Bruske Flowers
|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
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
|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.
|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.