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NINDS's Parker Honored

Levon O. Parker, minority and special concerns officer, NINDS, recently received a 2002 Minority Access National Mentor Role Model Award for his work as a mentor to students. He was also recognized for helping minorities, women and individuals with disabilities do research on the brain and nervous system, and for stimulating interest in clinical and basic research training opportunities at, and supported by, NIH. Parker, who has long been a champion for providing biomedical research training opportunities to young people, also serves as director of the NINDS Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences — a program he founded some 18 years ago that offers students hands-on research experience at NIH. He was nominated for the award by the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he has served for a number of years as a mentor. The Minority Access National Role Model Awards were created to honor those who have excelled in biomedical research, as well as their supporters including recruiters, mentors and institutions.

Georgetown Honors NINR's Grady

Dr. Patricia A. Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, recently received the Centennial Achievement Medal from Georgetown University School of Nursing. She was the first recipient of this award and was honored for her leadership, accomplishments and contributions to nursing science. The medal was created to celebrate 100 years of educating nurses at Georgetown University by honoring scholars who have demonstrated service, excellence, achievement and leadership in health care.

NIH Rowers Excel in Fall Races

NIDDK's Dr. Ad Bax (l) and NCI's Dr. Marc Gwadz placed first in the 2-man master's category at the 38th annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Oct. 19. The rowers completed the 3-mile course in 17:48, some 25 seconds slower than their winning (and record-setting) performance last year, but still good enough to win the event. Bax said 30 mph headwinds on the course's last stretch slowed all boats in this year's regatta. Dr. Chuck Selden (below) of OER, who trains with Bax, also competed in the master doubles race on the Charles River with his partner John Younger. They finished in 18:33, placing fourth (up from eighth a year ago). Selden and Gwadz also competed a week after Boston at Philadelphia's Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. Selden finished second in the men's master singles (ages 50-59) category, while Gwadz placed second in men's heavyweight singles. Gwadz was also part of the winning boat in the master's quadruple sculls competition, rowing for Potomac Boat Club. He, Bax and Selden are members of the PBC in Washington, D.C.

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