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Noguchi, Schwartz Win Mentoring Awards

The Association for Women in Science Bethesda chapter presented its annual Awards for Excellence in Mentoring to Dr. Constance Tom Noguchi and to Dr. Joan P. Schwartz as part of its April meeting in the Cloisters at NIH.

Noguchi is chief of the molecular cell biology section, Laboratory of Chemical Biology, NIDDK. As newly appointed dean of the FAES Graduate School at NIH, she encourages postdoctoral fellows to organize courses and develop their teaching skills. She has trained many postdoctoral fellows as well as high school, college and medical school students and teachers who spend summers or after-school hours in her laboratory. Her activities include speaking at area high schools, lecturing in the NIH Mini-Med School series, and judging local science fairs. Noguchi also coordinates the NIDDK summer student programs including the Minority Access to Research Careers Program.

Drs. Constance Noguchi (l) and Joan Schwartz show off their AWIS mentoring awards.

Schwartz is chief of the neurotrophic factors section, NINDS. She has been an excellent mentor to many scientists in her laboratory and has served as the woman scientist advisor for NINDS. As assistant director of the Office of Intramural Research, she has had an important influence on improving mentoring of trainees at NIH and has served as an advocate for fellows in matters of postdoctoral stipends and health insurance. As chair of the ethics and conduct committee, she spearheaded renewal of the Guidelines for the Conduct of Research in the Intramural Program. She has also worked closely with the NIH fellows committee and with the woman scientist advisors committee.

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