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NIDCR's Cohen Honored

NIDCR's Dr. Lois Cohen accepts from Dr. William Maas, president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the AAPHD Distinguished Service Award at the association's recent meeting. Cohen is associate director for international health as well as director of the institute's World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Dental & Craniofacial Research. She was honored for her contributions to the socio-dental sciences and dental public health. Cohen is a sociologist known for her research efforts across disciplines and cultures. Throughout her career she has focused on integrating the behavioral and social sciences with oral health research in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, she has concentrated on drawing together scientists from around the world to address both biomedical and behavioral research questions related to oral health that could benefit from international collaboration.

Whitesides Receives Share of Kyoto Prize

NIDCR's Dr. George M. Whitesides, an NIGMS grantee since 1982, was among three recipients of this year's Kyoto Prize. The international awards, which are presented annually, recognize groups and individuals "who have contributed greatly toward mankind's scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment." Whitesides is a professor in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. According to the Kyoto Prize web site, he is being honored for "developing technologies that combine organic, bio- and inorganic molecules using self-assembled organic monolayers." By doing this, "Whitesides has succeeded in patterning and joining of organic materials, which is indispensable for organic nanotechnologies." The awards were established in 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, an organization that was created by Dr. Kazuo Inamori, who is also the founder of the Kyocera Corp. Whitesides will receive a diploma, a 20-karat-gold Kyoto Prize Medal and approximately $400,000 at a Nov. 10 ceremony in Japan.

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