NIEHS selects 2012 ONES awardees
By Eddy Ball
NIEHS has announced funding for seven early stage tenure-track investigators as 2012 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) awardees. The highly competitive, five-year ONES grants will total approximately $4 million for the first year, and the awardees, like their predecessors in the five-year-old program, will visit NIEHS to present talks about their research projects.
The new awardees reflect the broad range of NIEHS research interests.
- Lauren Aleksunes, Pharm.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Ulrike Dydak, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health sciences in the Purdue University School of Health Sciences, with an adjunct appointment at the Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine
- Stacey Harper, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nanotoxicology in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University
- Joel Meyer, Ph.D., an assistant professor of environmental toxicology in the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
- Brandon Pierce, Ph.D., an assistant professor of epidemiology in The University of Chicago Department of Health Studies
- Christy Porucznik, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the University of Utah School of Medicine Public Health Program
- Vishal Vaidya, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine and environmental health at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health
“This grant is designed to serve as the foundation of a successful research career,” said NIEHS Training and Career Programs Health Scientist Administrator Carol Shreffler, Ph.D. “The program strives to build a long-term relationship between the awardees and NIEHS."
“We, indeed, have made this a very competitive process,” Shreffler noted, “and we look forward to having these awardees make some very seminal contributions in the field of environmental health sciences.”