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Komisaruk Receives National Mentoring Award

Dr. Barry R. Komisaruk, a program director in the NIGMS Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, recently received a 2002 National Role Model Mentoring Award. The award was presented by Minority Access, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization that assists federal agencies, universities and corporations to improve their recruitment, retention and training of minority researchers. Komisaruk was cited for his 17 years of service on NIGMS' Minority Biomedical Research Support grant at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He spent 14 years as the grant's principal investigator, mentoring more than 100 minority students. He was among 10 individuals selected for a mentoring role model award. He received the award, an engraved clock, at the National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C., recently.

Alexander Honored with Capute Award

NICHD directorDr. Duane Alexander recently received the American Academy of Pediatrics' Arnold J. Capute award, given to pediatricians who contribute to the health and well being of children with disabilities through service and/or advocacy at the local, state or national level. Under Alexander's leadership, the institute's program in mental retardation and developmental disabilities research fostered numerous research advances, including the discovery of genes for Rett syndrome and fragile X syndrome. He also helped found the research journal, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews. Alexander served as a pediatric resident under Capute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Rall Award Given to Huff

NIEHS' James Huff received the American Public Health Association's David P. Rall award for Public Health Advocacy on Nov. 10. He established the levels of evidence of carcinogenicity used by the National Toxicology Program to evaluate results of carcinogenesis studies that are still used in the bioassay technical reports. He has fiercely defended those standards, used to protect public health, and has fought the profit-driven pharmaceutical industry for some 30 years. APHA executive director Dr. Mohammad Akhter cited Huff's outstanding record of accomplishments in the application of scientific research to public health policy. "The awards committee acknowledged your wealth of knowledge and experience in chemical carcinogenesis and toxicology ...that have guided our nation's efforts at public health protection for more than 20 years," Akhter said. Huff, a toxicologist, has more than 300 published scientific papers. While with NTP, he wrote or led the preparation or evaluation of more than 200 carcinogenesis bioassay technical reports.

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