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Kington Honors NIEHS Employees

By Eddy Ball
September 2009

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., Dale Sandler, Ph.D. and Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D.
Birnbaum, left, Sandler and Kington, right, posed on stage with the award. Sandler oversees the Sister Study, which reached its 50,000 subject enrollment goal this summer. (Photo courtesy of NIH)

Liam O'Fallon
O'Fallon was instrumental in organizing the highly successful PEPH meeting in July 2008. The program announced its first Requests for Applications in February 2009. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Ebony Bookman, Ph.D.
Bookman has served as acting director of Education and Biomedical Research since Johnson-Thompson's retirement in September 2008.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Twelve NIEHS employees were among recipients of 2009 Director's Awards presented by NIH Acting Director Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D., at a ceremony July 29 in Bethesda, Md.

Epidemiology Branch Chief Dale Sandler, Ph.D., received a Scientific Medical Award for her role as principal investigator of the Sister Study. Program Analyst Liam O'Fallon was recognized with an Administrative Award for his work with the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) initiative. Kington presented an Administrative Award to the seven members of the NIEHS Water Crisis Task Force - Bill Blair, Vicky Englebright, Deborah Gaffney, Gregory Holland, Scott Merkle, Dick Sloane and Mitch Williams.

Former Director of Education and Biomedical Research Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D., and Ebony Bookman, Ph.D., were recognized for their contributions to the first NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities held Decmber 16-18, 2008. Chief of the Scientific Review Branch Terry Nesbitt, D.V.M., Ph.D., was a member of a trans-NIH group honored for their efforts in the Early Stage Investigator Workgroup.

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., Mitch Williams and Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D.
Birnbaum, left, Williams and Kington are shown on the awards stage. Williams accepted the award on behalf of the NIEHS Water Crisis Task Force. (Photo courtesy of NIH)

Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D.
During her 14-year career at NIEHS, Johnson-Thompson pursued a mission to expand science education opportunities for minorities and underserved populations. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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