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Marquez Awarded Honorary Degree

Dr. Ernest D. Marquez, associate director for special populations, NIMH, has received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, California State University, Fresno, in recognition of "his outstanding national leadership and dedication to the improvement of the quality of life for all citizens." The graduation activities included a special ceremony honoring this year's 500 Latino graduates. Marquez has been with NIH since 1990, holding executive and administrative positions with several institutes, including NIGMS.

Mattson Receives Spain's Grisolia Prize

Dr. Mark Mattson (r), chief of NIA's Laboratory of Neurosciences, recently received the Santiago Grisolia Chair Prize in Valencia, Spain. The award, named for a famous Spanish scientist, is given to a scientist who has made major discoveries in physiology and medicine. Mattson was chosen by a selection committee that included 17 Nobel laureates. He presented a series of lectures over 3 days, highlighting his contributions to the fields of aging and neuroscience. Also shown are Grisolia (c) and prize co-recipient Dr. Juan Lerma.

NCI's Best Is First Kaplan Fellow

Dr. Carolyn Best of the pathogenetics unit, Laboratory of Pathology in NCI's Center for Cancer Research, is the first winner of the Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship. Best's studies address the molecular profile of human prostate cancer, with the long-term goal of aiding in diagnosis and treatment. The award, sponsored by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and NCI, supports women postdoctoral fellows conducting cancer research and is administered by NCI's Fellowship Office. While future years will feature a national competition for a starting fellow, in this initial year of the program the award was made to extend the work of a current postdoctoral fellow. The award honors the memory of Sallie Rosen Kaplan, a woman who had a deep interest in education and in making opportunities available for others.

NIH Communicators' Products Honored

The National Association of Government Communicators recently held its annual Blue Pencil and Gold Screen award competition to honor the best public affairs products in the country. Several NIH information offices were honored.

The employment recruitment video, NIAID: Come Join Us, won a Gold Screen Award by placing first in the sales/marketing category.

Sharing a second place Blue Pencil Award in the brochures/booklets category were Microbes in Sickness and in Health by NIAID and The Structures of Life by NIGMS; the latter title also won second place in Most Improved category.

Honored with first place in the category Soft-cover Books (over 50 pages) was the NIA publication, El Ejercicio Y Su Salud.

In the Special Communications category, NEI took first place for a CD-ROM titled Interactive Multimedia Touchscreen Program.

And in Visual Communications, in the Calendars category, a second place award went to NIDA for Walking a Good Path - 2002 Calendar.

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