Pinn Receives BIG Honor
At a BIG program honoring Dr. Vivian Pinn are (from l) NIH BIG President Harold Atkins, Pinn, BIG program chair Earl Simmons and co-chair Barbara Johnson.
Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women’s health, was honored Mar. 25 in Wilson Hall as a “pioneer, administrator and mentor” by the NIH chapter of Blacks In Government.
Harold Atkins, NIH BIG president, called Pinn “an outstanding pioneer in her field whose leadership has changed the course of medicine and research regarding women of all races and ages.” A detailed biography of Pinn was printed in the occasion’s program. According to organizers, BIG’s aim was “to demonstrate that a true test of people’s award-worthiness is how their peers and professional associates view and honor them.”
Also on hand for the event was an assistant to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Kristen Soper, who noted in the senator’s tribute several of Pinn’s diligent
efforts for the nation and for women in general.
In her comments, Pinn, who directs the Office of Research on Women’s Health, expressed appreciation
to NIH BIG for the honor. Accepting flowers and a trophy, Pinn said it is gratifying to see the positive effects of her work and that it compels her to do more.