NIDDK Scientists Honored
Three NIDDK scientists received the Endocrine Society's 1998 Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Service Award recently in New Orleans. Drs. Phillip Gorden (c), Philip Smith (l), and Ronald Margolis were cited for their career achievements in basic and clinical endocrinology. The award recognizes Gorden, director of NIDDK, for his pioneering studies of growth hormone and acromegaly and his research on the mechanism of insulin action through the insulin receptor. Margolis was recognized for his work to promote further understanding of steroid hormones and their roles in regulation of gene expression, and his emphasis on programs that elucidate the hormonal regulation of bone in health and disease, including osteoporosis. Smith was cited for his efforts to make the National Hormone and Pituitary Program more responsive to the needs of endocrine researchers, for his creation and management of the Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Research Program, and his leadership in the Growth Factors Program.
Lupus Booklet Wins APEX Award
The NIAMS publication Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus recently earned an APEX '98 Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts, Inc., a firm that helps organizations improve professional publications and communications programs. The booklet won in the special purpose brochures, booklets, and catalogs category. Publications were judged on graphic design, editorial content, and ability to achieve overall communications excellence.
Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a comprehensive booklet for people who have lupus, their family and friends, and others who want to understand more about the disease. Copies are available from Bldg. 31, Rm. 4C05, phone 496-8188, fax 480-2814, or email truesdalet @exchange.nih.gov.
NIEHS' Johnson-Thompson Lauded
Marian Johnson-Thompson, director of education and biomedical research development at NIEHS, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a leadership group devoted to microbiologists and the science of microbiology. She joins about 1,300 other fellows from 27 countries who have demonstrated scientific excellence, originality and leadership, high ethical standards, and scholarly and creative achievement in all areas of microbiology. For the past 6 years, Johnson-Thompson has been NIEHS' lead person for establishing programs that address the environmental health research and training needs of underserved populations.
NIAID Celebrates 50 Years
As NIAID celebrates 50 years of "Advancing Knowledge and Improving Health,"director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci (l) presents Clarence W. Jackson with a special certificate commemorating his 50-year tenure at NIH, the last 33 of which he has spent at NIAID. Jackson came to NIH in 1948 as a laboratory technician in NCI. In 1965, he transferred to NIAID, where he joined the pathology transplantation immunity section of the Laboratory of Immunology as a biological laboratory technician. The presentation was made during the recent NIAID Director's Annual Report and Awards Ceremony where 53 employees, who received various HHS, PHS, NIH and NIAID awards in 1997, were recognized for outstanding contributions to the institute. Calling staff "among our most critical and valuable assets," Fauci also gave an update on the institute's record of 50 years of research, prospects of next year's budget and challenges for the future.
NOFAS Honors Enoch Gordis
Dr. Enoch Gordis, NIAAA director, recently received the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) Leadership Award. Other awardees included Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell; Susan Carlson, first lady of Minnesota; James Johnson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae; and Rep. John E. Porter. The Leadership Awards are presented to individuals in recognition of their commitment and leadership in the fight to prevent alcohol-related birth defects. Shown above are (from l) Tom Donaldson, NOFAS executive director; Teel Oliver, NOFAS board member; Sam Donaldson, ABC-TV White House correspondent; Gordis; Sen. Thomas A. Daschle, honorary chair of the NOFAS Leadership Awards Benefit; and Terry Lierman, benefit chair and vice chairman of the NOFAS board.