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IOM Elects Three from NIH

Three NIH scientists have been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, which named 65 new members on Oct. 27.

They are: Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research; Dr. Thomas Insel, director, National Institute of Mental Health; and Dr. Douglas Lowy, chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology and deputy director, Division of Basic Sciences, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.

"It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM president Dr. Harvey Fineberg. "Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes those who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health."

The IOM was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences. It is to serve as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. Newly elected members are expected to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of various IOM committees engaged in a range of studies on health policy issues.

The recent election brings total active IOM membership to 1,382.

NCI Honors HR Staff

NCI showed its appreciation for 32 members of the Division of Human Resources Operations, Branch A, at a breakfast ceremony given in their honor in Bldg. 31 on Oct. 15. Janis Mullaney, acting executive officer, gave opening remarks. Patrick Miller, human resources liaison, recounted the transitions that took place over the years in the Division of Human Resources, and Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, NCI director, discussed the connection the honorees have had to the mission of NCI and the 2015 vision. Von Eschenbach and Mullaney presented the honorees with gift certificates and engraved crystal paperweights. Group pictures and light refreshments followed the ceremony.

SACNAS Honors NINDS's Parker

Levon O. Parker, NINDS minority and special concerns program officer, recently received the Distinguished Professional Award from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The award honors people who have dedicated themselves to science, education and mentoring, and who have reached the top of their fields and continue to serve as role models for the next generation of minority scientists. According to the awards committee, Parker — who also has served for 18 years as director of the NINDS Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences — was a "clear choice." He was recognized for his "scientific achievements and commitment to increasing the numbers of Chicanos, Latinos and Native Americans in the science research professions." Parker first came to NIH as a biologist in the NINDS Laboratory of Molecular Biology and has long mentored students, encouraging them to pursue careers in science and medicine, particularly neuroscience. The award was presented on Oct. 4 at the SACNAS national conference in Albuquerque.

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