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Three NIH'ers Honored at Women of Color Conference

Three NIH'ers — Kay Johnson-Graham (l), Rose Pruitt (c) and Dr. Arlyn Garcia-Perez — were honored recently at the inaugural Women of Color in Health, Science and Technology Awards Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Cohosted by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Women of Color Conference magazine, Career Communications Group, Inc. and U.S. Alliance Group, the annual award recognizes "exceptional achievements of distinguished women who have excelled in the fields of health, science and technology." Johnson-Graham, EEO officer and minority outreach coordinator for NIDCD and NINR, was honored for affirmative action in government; Pruitt, program director in NIDDK's Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, was cited for community service in government; and Garcia-Perez, assistant director of NIH's Office of Intramural Research, earned recognition for advancing health care in America.

Hubbard Receives Bray Founders Award

Dr. Van S. Hubbard, director of NIH's Division of Nutrition Research Coordination and chief of NIDDK's Nutritional Sciences Branch, is the first recipient of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity's (NAASO) George Bray Founders Award. Presented to him recently at NAASO's annual meeting held in conjunction with National Nutrition Week in San Diego, the award recognized his outstanding contributions in advancing the scientific and clinical aspects of understanding and treating obesity. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to coming to NIH in 1976, he completed an internship and residency in the department of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis. He currently represents NIH on a number of interagency and interdepartmental committees concerned with obesity, nutritional sciences and food safety. He is the colead for the nutrition and overweight focus area of Healthy People 2010.

NCI's Freeman Honored by UCSF

Dr. Harold P. Freeman, director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI, is one of four recipients of the UCSF Medal, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the University of California, San Francisco; it is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions associated with the university's health science mission. He received the award at the university's Founders Day banquet on Apr. 25.

Freeman, who is chairman of the President's Cancer Panel and medical director of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention and Care in New York City, was described in a UCSF press release as "a national advocate for poor and underserved patients who has focused critical attention and research on their needs and has argued that poverty and diminished access to healthcare are the principal underlying causes of racial disparities in death rates from cancer and other diseases."

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