NIEHS awards ceremony honors 2013 achievements
By Allison Eason
NIEHS staff gathered to give their colleagues well-deserved recognition at the Feb. 11 annual awards ceremony in Rodbell Auditorium. The event was hosted by NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and emceed by Stavros Garantziotis, M.D., medical director of the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit and head of the Matrix Biology Group in the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology.
Birnbaum welcomed the audience with a message to both employees and contractors. “From a budget and planning standpoint, I don’t remember a year with more challenges,” she said. “But, even when the craziness resulted in a government shutdown, you were unshaken and remained committed to our mission.”
Garantziotis kept the audience entertained, as he introduced the awardees.
Unsung Hero Awards: Beth Bowden, Shannon Duncan, Essie Jones, Jacqueline Locklear, Molly Puente, Cynthia Radford
Peer Recognition Awards: Gary Bird, Jennifer Collins, Mitzie Walker
Individual Merit Awards: Joel Abramowitz, Michelle Campbell, Mary Grant, Patrick Mastin, Sheila Newton
Divisional Group Merit Awards
Division of the National Toxicology Program: Patrick Barbour, Veronica Robinson, Bradley Collins, Suramya Waidyanatha
Office of Management: Rhonda Carroll, Rob Levine, Ron Faison, Mike Merrick, Jack Field, Anthony Patterson, John Grovenstein, Roy Reter, Sharon Hite, Mike Tyson, Robin Jones, Vernee Wilson, Ed Kang, Ellen Moul, Dona McNeill
Division of Extramural Research and Training: Kathy Ahlmark, Ted Outwater, Sharon Beard, Jim Remington, Pamela Clark, Jonathan Rosen, Donald Ellis, Deborah Weinstock, Chip Hughes
Office of the Director: Rebecca Boyles, Stephanie Holmgren, Allen Dearry
Cross Divisional Group Merit Awards
For the design and implementation of a high-functioning Inventory Management System: Vernee Morgan, April Parker, Andrea Glass, Sharon Hite, Kecia Jacobs, Robert Lockett, Kelly Powell, Nancy Powell, Frances Primm, Kent Stone, Amanda Weaver, Kenneth Webb
For exemplary teamwork and successful creation of the NIEHS responsive website for mobile devices: Beth Bowden, Joseph Poccia, Cheryl Thompson, Sharon Hite
For the development of the first NIEHS Scholars Connect Program boot camp that supports the next generation of environmental health scientists: Aleksandra Adomas, Miranda Bernhardt, Elena Braithwaite, Qing Cheng, Jackson Hoffman, Huei-Chen Lao, Sabrina Robertson, Misty Thomas, Joy Winuthayanon
For exemplary engagement and participation in the Data Science and Information Technology Working Group: Perry Blackshear, Cindy Lawler, Rebecca Boyles, Leping Li, Matthew Burr, Claire Long, Pierre Bushel, Kent Stone, David Fargo, Paul Wade, Stavros Garantziotis, Mitch Williams, Michelle Hooth, Leroy Worth, Chip Hughes
For exemplary leadership of interdivisional planning teams in support of the NIEHS Strategic Plan: Janice Allen, Frederick Miller, Trevor Archer, Heather Nicholas, John Balbus, Daniel Shaughnessy, David Balshaw, Claudia Thompson, Allen Dearry, Raymond Tice, Christine Flowers, Frederick Tyson, Christopher Long, Michael Waalkes, Scott Masten, Paul Wade
For outstanding participation and service to the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee: Gwen Collman, Ed Kang, Jennifer Collins, Kate Ryan, Suzanne Fenton, Dale Sandler, Christine Flowers
For leadership and facilitation of the DERT reorganization: Ellen Moul, Angela Sanders, Nicole Popovich
Fellows’ Awards for Research Excellence (FARE)
Christopher Campos, Senthilkumar Cinghu, Huaixin Dang, Neal Englert, Bret Freudenthal, George Fromm Jr., Bonnie Joubert, Mahita Kadmiel, Nevzat Kazgan, YuanYuan Li, Kristin Lichti-Kaiser, Ngome Makia, Stela Palii, Sabrina Robertson, Lindsay Smith, Erica Ungewitter, Qingshan Wang, Jeremy Weaver, Gary ZeRuth
Following the ceremony, employees enjoyed refreshments in the cafeteria and celebrated with their colleagues, friends, and family.
(Allison Eason is a program specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)
2013 NIEHS Highlights:
- 15-year anniversary of the NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (see story).
- Publication of the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee report, Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention (see story).
- NIEHS Clinical Research Unit partnered with NIEHS labs to begin new studies, including the study on BPA exposure from cash register receipts.
- NIEHS obtained division status for the National Toxicology Program (NTP).
- A court decision supported the NTP listing of styrene in the Report on Carcinogens.
- NIEHS completed the implementation planning for the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/)
- The Scholars Connect Program continues to introduce local college students to the Institute and to a career in environmental health research.