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Minority Program Participants Honored

Two participants in NIGMS minority programs were among the recent recipients of awards presented by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Erich D. Jarvis received the 2002 Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes a U.S. scientist who is at the forefront of science or engineering. It is NSF's highest honor for a young researcher.

Duke University scientist Dr. Erich D. Jarvis received the Waterman Award from NSF during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 7.

Jarvis participated in NIGMS' Minority Biomedical Research Support and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) programs as an undergraduate student at the City University of New York, Hunter College, where he received a bachelor's degree in biology and mathematics in 1988. He went on to become a MARC predoctoral fellow at the Rocke-feller University, where he received a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology and animal behavior in 1995. Following postdoctoral work at Rockefeller, he became an assistant professor in the department of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center. His research, which is currently supported by NIMH, focuses on the neurobiology of vocal communication in songbirds, with an emphasis on the molecular pathways involved in the perception and production of learned vocalizations.

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) received the 2002 National Science Board Public Service Award for outstanding contributions to communicating, promoting, and helping to develop broad public policy in science and engineering. SACNAS was recognized for "giving information, support, guidance, and mentoring to budding young Latino and Native American scientists and engineers." At its annual conference, which NIGMS cosponsors, SACNAS provides chances for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in their first scientific meeting and hear talks by leading scientists.

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