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Plotz Receives Mastership from ACP-ASIM

Dr. Paul Plotz, chief of NIAMS' intramural Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch, recently received a mastership from the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. The mastership is awarded to those who "have achieved recognition in medicine by exhibiting pre-eminence in practice or medical research, holding positions of high honor, or making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine." Plotz' research has involved autoimmune phenomena, particularly regarding myositis, and he has contributed significantly to discussions on health care reform and medical education.

NAS Elects Two NIH Scientists

The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 60 new members, including two NIH employees, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Those elected this year bring the total number of active members to 1,843.

Newly elected members from NIH are Dr. Leslie G. Ungerleider, chief, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, and Dr. Reed B. Wickner, chief, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Genetics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

Two NIH'ers Win Flemming Awards

Of the dozen honorees in the 51st annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards, which honor outstanding federal employees with less than 15 years of service, two hail from NIH: Dr. Maria C. Freire, director of the Office of Technology Transfer, and Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, chief, molecular hematology section, NIDDK.

The awardees were honored at a reception and black tie dinner at the Cosmos Club on June 8. More than 400 individuals — including a good number of NIH'ers — have won the award, established by the Downtown Jaycees in 1948. For the past two years, the award has been presented by George Washington University.

Thomas, Novello Honored at ORMH Meeting

NIDDK Deputy Director L. Earl Laurence congratulates Mary Thomas (c), former governor of the Gila River Indian Community, and Dr. Antonia C. Novello, New York State commissioner of health. Thomas accepted an award from NIDDK and NIH's Office of Research on Minority Health recognizing the contribution of the Pima tribe to diabetes research. Novello was honored for her work as former assistant secretary of health and Surgeon General of the U.S. The awards were given at ORMH's Washington, D.C., conference on challenges in health disparities in the new century. More than 50 percent of adult Pima Indians have diabetes, the highest rate in the world. They have responded to this health burden by cooperating with NIH in research studies since 1965. This collaboration has defined diabetes and its risk factors such as obesity and hyperinsulinemia, and has shown that genetic, prenatal and environmental influences play a part in this epidemic. The research has also established that high blood pressure predicts the complications of diabetes and that end-stage renal disease endangers people with type 2 diabetes just as it does those with type 1.

NIMH, Rapoport Cited in Survey

NIMH scientist Dr. Judith Rapoport ranks sixth among her peers worldwide in publishing high-impact papers in her field, according to a story in the May 12 issue of Science. The Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia recently compiled a list of 1,800 highly cited papers from 16 psychiatry journals between 1990 and mid-1999. Leading the list was Ronald Kessler of Harvard University, with 31 high-impact papers; Rapoport had 23. According to Science, "Harvard and the National Institute of Mental Health churned out the greatest number of high-impact papers."

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