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NIEHS employees honored with NIH Director's Awards

September 2011

NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. accepts award from NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Birnbaum, right, joined Collins at front stage as she accepted a Director's Award on behalf of employees honored for their contributions to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Response. (Photo courtesy of NIH)

left to right, Collins, Sandler, Birnbaum, and Miller

Collins, left, joined representatives of the Gulf Long-term Followup (GuLF) STUDY team. Shown, left to right, Collins, Sandler, Birnbaum, and Miller. (Photo courtesy of NIH)

Twenty-five NIEHS employees were among the 378 individuals recognized for exemplary service at the 2011 NIH Director's Award ceremony Aug. 2 in Bethesda, Md. The award, the highest given by NIH to its employees, recognizes superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond regular duty requirements, but directly related to fulfilling the NIH mission.

The NIH Director's Award(http://hr.od.nih.gov/performance/awards/directorawards.htm) Exit NIEHS honors leadership and superior performance for employees in four categories: scientific/medical, technical/clerical/support, administrative, and common fund leadership.

NIEHS and NTP employees were singled out for their contributions to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Response, GuLF STUDY (Gulf Long-term Followup Study), and NIH PROMIS Working Group. NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., was one of the dignitaries on stage. She both represented the Institute and received an award as part of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Response Team.

Emceed by Phil Lenowitz, NIH deputy director of Human Resources, the program opened with remarks by NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Referring to concern over raising the debt ceiling, Collins said, “It's perhaps particularly appropriate that we gather here this afternoon to celebrate the dedication of many giving themselves in such a thoughtful, creative way to try to serve the public.”

As he pointed to specific efforts recognized by the awards, Collins added with pride, “This is NIH. This is who we are.” He singled out for individual mention Randy Schools, who has served as president of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association since 1977. Collins noted, “It's about time to say ‘thank you' to Randy.”

Continuing a tradition at ceremonies of this kind, Collins segued easily from talk to music, as he accompanied himself on guitar and sang a ballad he composed, “Dare to Dream.” The audience joined him for the chorus, which included the song's title and the words, “Of the need to help the world/ We all agree/ This is NIH/ So let's make history.”

NIEHS scientists and staff honored for trans-NIH efforts

  • Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Response Team: For the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill response, implementing public health protection programs for cleanup workers, developing the GuLF STUDY, and assembling a research consortium.
    • Kathy Ahlmark, Robin Arnette, Ph.D., Eddy Ball, Ph.D., Sharon Beard, Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., John Bucher, Ph. D., Gwen Collman, Ph.D., Allen Dearry, Ph.D., Dorothy Duke, Christine Flowers, Chip Hughes, Paul Jung, M.D., Lora Kutkat, Richard Kwok, Ph.D., Robin Mackar, Scott Masten, Ph.D., Aubrey Miller, M.D., Ted Outwater, James Remington, Dale Sandler, Ph.D., Anne Thompson, Cheryl Thompson, Claudia Thompson, Ph.D., Leroy Worth, Ph.D.
  • Gulf Long-term Followup (GuLF) STUDY: For rapidly developing protocol for Gulf Long-term Followup (GuLF) STUDY, obtaining institutional review board clearance and Office of Management and Budget approval, completing administrative tasks associated with longitudinal federal research study.
    • Lawrence Engel, Ph.D., Christine Flowers, Richard Kwok, Ph.D., Aubrey Miller, M.D., Dale Sandler, Ph.D.
  • NIH PROMIS Working Group (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases): For outstanding efforts in promoting the use of NIH Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) tools in clinical research.
    • Martha Barnes


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