NIEHS's Olden Honored
NIEHS director Dr. Ken Olden recently received the 1997 Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the highest honor for the government's 7,000-member Senior Executive Service. Vice President Al Gore presented the award, noting Olden's role in reorganizing the institute and tackling the difficult scientific questions of how environmental factors affect health.
NICHD's Loh Receives Mentor Award
Dr. Y. Peng Loh of the Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology, NICHD, has recently been awarded the 1998 Women in Endocrinology Mentor Award. This award is given annually to a woman or man whose outstanding scientific accomplishments are coupled with a record of support for women in academics and of mentoring women in their scientific careers.
Dr. Y. Peng Loh
Loh's scientific achievements have led to a recent promotion to the Senior Biomedical Research Service, a rank reserved for the most outstanding scientists in the federal government. She has conducted pioneering research and continues to be a leader in the field of protein trafficking and processing. During her career of more than two decades, she has continued to work at the cutting edge of investigation into the mechanism of prohormone targeting to the regulated secretory pathway.
In addition, Loh has made outstanding contributions to the development of scientists and the advancement of their opportunities. She was re-elected and has continued to serve as chair of the women scientist advisors committee at NIH. She also serves as the woman scientist advisor to the NICHD scientific director. During her career, Loh has been the mentor and/or supervisor of more than 20 female researchers, students and technical associates.
NORD Honors Groft
Dr. Stephen C. Groft (second from l), director of NIH's Office of Rare Diseases, recently received the 1998 Distinguished Service to Public Health Award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders, Inc. NIH associate director for disease prevention Dr. William R. Harlan (third from l), presented the award along with Nancy Harris (r), NORD's board chairman. Looking on is NORD President Abbey Myers. Groft was recognized for his diligence in developing the rare disease program at NIH since its inception in 1993. ORD is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Database, an Internet-based information system of NIH-supported research that links investigators with patients. The ORD Web site can be found at http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/ord.
PRSA Recognizes NIH Publication, Writer
NIH's Office of Communications and Office of Research on Women's Health recently received a 1998 Thoth Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for NIH News & Features: Research on Women's Health for best 1-3 color magazine. Ellyn Pollack, ORWH information officer, also received a Thoth Award for best news article for "Women's Health Research: The Next Phase," which appeared in the magazine. The awards are sponsored by PRSA's national capital chapter and recognize the best public relations programs and components in the Washington metropolitan area. NIH News & Features is produced by the Office of Communications with assistance from the IC information offices. The publication features research topics of special interest to the public. Shown with posters of the award-winning material are Mary Sullivan (l), NIH News & Features editor and OC public affairs specialist, and Pollack.
Katz Wins Award from Skin Association
NIAMS director Dr. Stephen I. Katz was recently honored with the 1998 Inflammatory Skin Disorders Research Award by the American Skin Association. The award was given "for his many contributions to the understanding of the immunological and molecular mechanisms involved in inflammatory skin diseases, and for his outstanding record as a mentor for trainees at the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute." Katz also serves as chief of NCI's Dermatology Branch. The award was presented at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Cologne, Germany.
CIT's Thompson Lauded
Lori Thompson, a personnel specialist in the Center for Information Technology, has received the Human Resources Specialist of the Year Award from the Montgomery County chapter of the International Personnel Management Association.