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CFC Honors NIH Contributions

Frank DiCostanzo (l), Combined Federal Campaign National Capital Area manager, presents the CFC Pacesetter Award to Dr. Stephen Katz, NIAMS director and 2000 NIH CFC vice-chair, and NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. The Pacesetter Award, the highest CFC recognition, honors an agency that achieves at least a 3.4 percent increase over last year's result. NIAMS was the lead institute for the 2000 CFC campaign.

NIDDK's Camerini-Otero Honored

NIDDK's Dr. R. Daniel Camerini-Otero received the New York University School of Medicine Alumni Association's Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Basic Science on Mar. 24. The school honored the 1973 grad for his contributions in human genetics and biochemistry. His studies of recombination in simple and complex cells have yielded patented methods to clone and map genes. Camerini-Otero, chief of the Genetics and Biochemistry Branch, focuses on homologous recombination, the system that simple and complex cells use to make new combinations of DNA in their chromosomes. His current work looks at the way mice go through meiosis, the process where cells halve their normal number of chromosomes in order to produce sex cells.

NCI's Wu Wins Public Service Award

Dr. Roy S. Wu recently received the Public Service Award of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He was honored for his proactive and effective advocacy, working within NIH on behalf of the extramural blood and marrow transplantation community. He played an instrumental role in fostering the Blood & Marrow Transplant Clinical Research Network, an ongoing joint initiative between NCI and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Wu continues to work with the members of the network, encouraging excellence and cooperation in research. He has been extremely conscientious, the society noted, in his management of clinical grants and contracts, holding the extramural community grantees to the highest research standards.

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