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NIEHS Center Director Honored by Oregon State

By Eddy Ball
November 2009

David Williams, Ph.D.
Williams, above, is shown in a photo from a magazine story about his work with cruciferous vegetables and inhibition of transplacental cancer in pregnant mice caused by exposures to PAHs. (Photo courtesy of David Williams and OSU)

On September 23 in Corvalis, Ore., Oregon State University (OSU) recognized the achievements of NIEHS grantee David Williams, Ph.D., with its Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award - the highest award the university presents to members of its faculty. Williams joined more than two dozen leading faculty and staff members honored in 21 award categories as part of University Day, the annual kick-off of the new school year.

Williams(http://emt.oregonstate.edu/people/faculty/david-williams) Exit NIEHS is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxocology at the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Superfund Research Program (SRP) at OSU and an investigator in the OSU Linus Pauling Institute. Williams is a principal investigator on two NIEHS grants - PAHs: New Technologies and Emerging Health Risks(http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7616347) and Ultra-Low Dose Carcinogen Testing with the Trout Model(http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7460717). He co-authored an NIEHS-funded study(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19585502?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum) Exit NIEHS on colon cancer and chlorophyllin that was selected in September as an Extramural Paper of Month.

"I was very surprised and honored by this award," Williams said of the announcement. "It recognizes a team effort over my 22 years at OSU conducting research funded in large part by NIEHS through the Centers program, an associated program project, and now our newly awarded SRP grant."

Commenting on Williams' award, NIEHS SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., described Williams as "a leader in the field of environmental carcinogenesis, who has brought together a multi-disciplinary team of outstanding scientists to explore new mechanisms of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their impact on human health. Suk characterized Williams' group as "an innovative and exciting program" engaged in cutting-edge environmental research. "David is certainly worthy of this award, and we are proud of his accomplishments."

The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award is given to the person who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement through teaching and scholarship, service to the university and the community, and professional leadership, nationally and internationally. The recipient receives a plaque and $3,000 from the OSU Alumni Association. Nominees for this award may also be considered for nomination for the CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award(http://www.usprofessorsoftheyear.org/) Exit NIEHS, which is presented by the Carnegie Foundation.

The awards were formally presented at an evening banquet, and the recipients were also honored during a presentation to the campus at LaSells Stewart Center as part of University Day events.



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