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Bell Wins Millennium Award

Dr. Juliette B. Bell, a biochemistry professor and director of NIGMS' Minority Biomedical Research Support program at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, was among the recipients of the Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology. The award is sponsored by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which was created by President Clinton to strengthen historically black schools and increase their ability to participate in federally sponsored programs. Bell was recognized as an outstanding teacher who has "worked tirelessly to enhance student performance in her courses as well as mentoring and advising those requesting assistance." She was among four individuals receiving the award for teaching.

NCI's Kreps Honored

Dr. Gary L. Kreps, chief of the Health Communications and Informatics Research Branch, NCI, received the Outstanding Health Communications Scholar Award from both the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association during the NCA's annual meeting Nov. 12 in Seattle. He was recognized for his contribution to the development of health communications as a field of study. He also was honored for the strong educational value and long-lasting impact of his scholarship, as well as for his influence on the work of others. "Communication is at the center of prevention, treatment and control," said Kreps. "Without effective communication, you can't identify health risks, provide relevant treatment information or persuade people to adopt behaviors for cancer prevention and control." He has served as head of HCIRB since its inception in October 1999.

Seven NIH'ers Win Presidential Honor

Seven employees at NIH have won the 2000 Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. They are: Dr. Wendy Baldwin, NIH deputy director for extramural research; Dr. Robert Chanock, chief, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIAID; Dr. Ronald Germain, chief, lymphocyte biology section, Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID; NIMH director Dr. Steven Hyman; NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz; Laura Rosenthal, NIDA associate director and executive officer; and Anne Thomas, NIH associate director for communications.

The honorees were recognized for long-term accomplishments. Only 5 percent of career Senior Executive Service members may receive the award, which includes a lump-sum payment of 20 percent of the executive's base pay, a silver pin and a framed certificate signed by the President.

NIH Receives Workplace Excellence Award

The National Institutes of Health has been selected to receive the year 2000 "Workplace Excellence" Seal of Approval by the Montgomery Work~Life Alliance and the Montgomery County Chamber Workforce Corporation. The seal is being awarded to NIH for its commitment to and support of work/life integration policies for its employees. The award recognizes the agency for its inclusive corporate culture, progressive policies and programs, active community involvement and corporate citizenship, demonstrating that it values its workforce as one of its greatest assets.

The Montgomery Work~Life Alliance, a public/private nonprofit coalition, promotes work/life integration policies in the Montgomery County business community to support excellent places to work. The alliance is a partnership between Montgomery County Chamber-Workforce Corporation, the Mental Health Association and Discovery Communications, Inc.

Wendy Thompson, manager of the NIH Work and Family Life Center, accepted the award on behalf of NIH at the Workforce Awards Breakfast on Nov. 15.

NIH's Ethics Program Honored

By Janet Howard

"How much money can I give to my favorite political candidate? If a corporate visitor offers to pay for my lunch, can I accept? A medical association sent me a gold watch worth over $500 for an NIH conference that I worked on with them. Do I keep it or send it back?"

These are the kinds of federal government "Standards of Conduct" questions that would be answered by the ethics official in any government organization. If you work at NIAMS, you consult NIAMS deputy ethics counselor and deputy director Dr. Steven J. Hausman. The NIAMS ethics program under Hausman's stewardship was audited recently. The audit resulted in a perfect score, and earned the 2000 Outstanding Ethics Program Award, which is the first of its kind at NIH.

The award is given by the Office of Government Ethics, an agency within the executive branch. This year, the ceremony was held in Philadelphia at OGE's annual conference. NIH Ethics Coordinator Fran Plyler accepted the award for NIAMS.

"There are many, many aspects to the ethics official position," said NIAMS Personnel Officer Christine Steyer, "and it requires organizational skills and countless follow-up steps. Steve is one of the few officials who can handle all the details, and still keep a smile."

NICHD also received a perfect score and an award.

Vogel Wins ASRM Award

Dr. Donna Vogel, of the Reproductive Sciences Branch, NICHD Center for Population Research, was recently selected to receive the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Distinguished Service Award. Her selection marks the first presentation of the award, which is given in recognition of outstanding service to ASRM and its members over an extended period of time. For many years, Vogel has assisted ASRM members in their interactions with NIH. Her special efforts have contributed to the successful academic careers of many scientists and researchers. She received the award at the organization's recent annual meeting in San Diego.

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