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GSA Honors Two NIH'ers

The General Services Administration recently honored the fourth graduating class of students in its "1,000 by 2000" program in information resources management. Two DCRT employees -- Lori Gordon and Michele Millican -- received certificates for completing six graduate-level courses in information technology and management. Both work in the Information Systems Branch. The program's intent is to have 1,000 information management professionals trained by the year 2000. So far, 448 federal workers have completed the program. Visit the GSA web page at to see photos of the honorees.

Dr. Bernard Moss

NIAID's Dr. Bernard Moss recently received the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine from the John P. Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, Canada. Moss, chief of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, was cited for outstanding contributions to the understanding of virus-host interactions. He is recognized for the discovery of the first of a large number of viral secreted immune defense molecules, biological characterization of the first virus-encoded growth factor, development of novel genetic approaches for the study of poxviruses, and development of vaccinia virus into a versatile and widely used expression vector system. He was also cited for a number of studies on viral gene expression including the determination of the mechanism of formation of the mRNA cap structure. Moss received the honor along with Drs. Michael Oldstone of the Scripps Institute and Bernard Roizman of the University of Chicago. The prize is named after a Canadian business leader who is past chair of the Robards Institute board of directors, and is deeply involved in health care matters in Canada.

Dr. Elizabeth Fee

Dr. Elizabeth Fee, chief, History of Medicine Division, NLM, has received the Arthur Viseltear Prize for the History of Public Health in America. The prize, established in 1989 and awarded by the American Public Health Association, was created to honor Viseltear, former professor of the history of medicine at Yale University and former chair of the medical care section, APHA. Fee was cited for her outstanding contribution to the history of public health, in particular the scope and importance of her books and articles.

Dr. Edward A. Berger

Dr. Edward A. Berger, chief of the molecular structure section, Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID, is a recipient of this year's Award for Biomedical Science sponsored by Novartis (formerly Ciba Pharmaceuticals) and Drew University. The award was presented in conjunction with the Novartis Drew 21st annual symposium, Molecular Immunology: Basic Research and Therapeutic Targets. Berger spoke on "Chemokine Receptors and HIV: Doors for Virus Entry and Windows on Transmission and Pathogenesis." He and his laboratory staff recently identified the elusive cellular coreceptors that the human immunodeficiency virus uses as it enters target cells. These discoveries provide a major understanding of HIV infection and tropism, and give new perspectives on broader problems of HIV transmission, pathogenesis and therapy.

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