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Merkle Honored by ACGIH

Scott Merkle, chief of the NIEHS Health and Safety Branch, was recently given the Meritorious Achievement Award for outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Merkle has held a number of volunteer positions with the ACGIH, and currently serves on the editorial advisory board for Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Journal. He has served two elected terms on the ACGIH board of directors and chaired the organization during 2000 and 2001. He has also served on a variety of committees. Merkle has been a certified industrial hygienist since 1981.

Suk Receives Albert Award

NIEHS's Bill Suk, director of the Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program and director of the Center for Risk and Integrated Sciences, received the University of Cincinnati's Roy Albert Memorial Award for Translational Research in Environmental Health at a luncheon June 9. The university hosts an NIEHS-funded environmental health sciences center. In awarding the honor, the selection committee cited Suk's dedication to fostering outstanding research linking basic science, remediation of environmental contaminants and public policy.

Shen Earns Lane Award

NIAAA's Dr. Joannie Shen was recently presented the J.D. Lane Award by Surgeon General Richard Carmona during the PHS Commissioned Officers annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. Also known as the Clinical Society Open Award, the Lane Award is the highest annual clinical investigator award across the PHS officers' category for original research. Shen, a neuroscientist in the Laboratory of Clinical Science, won the award as principal investigator of a protocol conducted with a group of normal volunteers at the Clinical Center. Her research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore electro-acupuncture's effects on the reward response mechanisms in the brain's mesolimbic system. Acupuncture is used as an effective complementary therapy in many addiction treatment programs around the country, but the precise nature of how and why it works remains unclear. Shen's research could help the development of effective treatments for alcohol dependence and other substance abuse disorders. Shen acknowledged her coauthors in NIAAA's section on brain electrophysiology and imaging: Dr. Dan Rio, Dr. Robert Rawling and section chief Dr. Dan Hommer. She also thanked the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which co-funded the study.

Wright Wins Special Libraries Association Honor

NIEHS's Larry Wright recently won the 2003 Distinguished Member Award for the Special Libraries Association's biomedical and life sciences division. Wright, head of the reference section of the NIEHS library, has been with the institute since 1985. He has been active in the national organization as well as the local chapter, where he has chaired committees and served on the executive board. The SLA called him "a superb colleague and a leader in his profession," and hailed his work as a mentor.

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