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STRIDE Graduates Honored

On May 6, the STRIDE graduation ceremony was held at Rockwood Manor in Potomac, Md. The graduates honored were Carla Floyd (c) and Karen Carter-McLeod (r), who are joined here by Erica Greene, program manager. Keynote speaker at the event was Cassandra Isom, senior program analyst in the Office of Science Education, OD.

Thompson Honored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Donald Thompson, a program assistant in NINDS's extramural program, recently received the 2003 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Distinguished Federal Employee Award for extraordinary contributions he has made to NIH and the community. Shown offering congratulations are (from l) NINDS acting director Dr. Audrey Penn, Dr. Constance Atwell, director of NINDS's Division of Extramural Research, who nominated him, and Dr. Cynthia McCormick, deputy director of the division. Thompson was honored for being "an outstanding community volunteer with activities that span the continuum." He began his community work in 1989, helping patients in the detoxification program at Montgomery General Hospital. He has also worked with the Intercity AIDS Network in Washington, D.C., educating the community about HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, and with the Whitman-Walker Clinic and Us Helping Us. Most recently, he helped to start a support group for African American men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer. In the nomination, Atwell said, "If he sees a need in the community for a service or action, he steps up and fills that need, making him not just an outstanding federal employee but an exemplary citizen and member of his community."

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