Dr. Norman Salem, chief of NIAAA's Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, recently won the Supelco-Nicholas Pelick/American Oil Chemists' Society Research award, a major honor for research in lipid chemistry. The award recognizes outstanding original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry or biochemistry. The 2002 award to Salem is for work that, over 30 years, has explored and elucidated the physiological role and importance of key fatty acids in health and development. In particular, Salem's work has focused on docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid that is present in high concentrations in brain and retinal tissue. DHA and related fatty acids are of key importance in the development of newborns and are present in breast milk; these compounds are not required in, and until recently were absent from, infant formulas.
NIAAA's Hilley Wins Trusty Award
NIAAA acting director Dr. Raynard Kington presents NIAAA's Deputy Executive Officer Linda Hilley with the third annual Martin K. Trusty Excellence in Management Award at the institute's annual employee picnic at Clarksburg, Md.'s High Point Farm. The Trusty award named for a former NIAAA executive officer was established by the institute to recognize long-term, outstanding commitment to and excellence in the management of institute programs and administration. In presenting the award, Kington noted Hilley's simultaneous service as acting budget officer and grants management officer as an example of her contributions to NIAAA. "Her managerial and technical skills have contributed enormously to the successful performance of the mission of NIAAA over the past 20 years," he said.
NIGMS Honors Employees
At the annual NIGMS awards ceremony recently, acting director Dr. Judith Greenberg (second from l) recognized three employees with the NIH Award of Merit. Traci Melvin (l), a personnel management specialist in the Personnel Management Branch, was cited for her dedication and exemplary service to the institute's personnel and ethics programs. Sue Thompson (second from r), a secretary in the Office of the Director, was cited for consistent, exemplary performance and team spirit in assisting the OD and NIGMS as a whole. Jim Onken (r), chief of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation and assistant director for resource allocation and analysis in the Division of Extramural Activities, was cited for developing and implementing innovative strategies to manage the NIGMS research and research training operational budget.
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